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Perkasie awards road contract at public meeting


Perkasie officials announced Monday night that public meetings would be suspended for the foreseeable future, after a brief borough council meeting to award bids for road and concrete work.

Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum said council voted to award roughly $230,000 for work outlined in the 2020 road and concrete program.

Because the costs were significantly less than the $545,000 cost allocated in the borough’s budget, an additional request for proposal will be made to add more roads to the program this year.

This is good news, according to Coaxum. Lower costs allow officials to prepare and place a second round of bid requests for more roads to be repaved.

During the meeting borough council approved the following roads for concrete and paving under the base and alternate bids:

East Spruce Street, from South Main to the cul-de-sac; Pleasant Run Place, from E. Spruce to the cul-de- sac; Wyckford Drive, from Branford Terrace to the borough line; Wyckford Way, from Wyckford Drive to S. Main Street.

The alternate bid, which was approved, includes construction of a parking area with handicapped accessibility for the Perkasie Dog Park.

Second bids, to be released to vendors for pricing include:

Grandview Avenue, the entire length of the road; Summit Avenue, the entire length of the road; Fern Drive, the entire length of the road.

Second bid proposed alternates include Clover Lane and Spring Court.

Coaxum said splitting the request for bid into base and alternate allows flexibility to move forward or trim the project in conjunction with costs.

“Residents are required to repair or replace sidewalks and curbs in front of the properties when roads are repaired,” Coaxum said.

She said residents would have the choice of hiring an independent contractor or working with the borough’s concrete contractor for curbing and sidewalk repairs or replacement.

Residents, who opt to “piggy back” onto the borough’s concrete contract, are offered interest free financing for up to one year. After the one year mark, payment in full for any outstanding debt is required, Coaxum said.

In other news:

Restrictions will go into effect for Perkasie’s park playground equipment, and its basketball courts in an effort to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations about social distancing and reducing the contact spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

Trails will continue to be open, for now. Visitors are urged not to use playground equipment because they are high touch contact areas and cannot be cleaned frequently. The ban is in place until further notice.

Basketball, because of the close proximity of players and use of a single ball in play, is also prohibited until further notice. Signs will be posted for playground and basketball.

Coaxum said borough staff are working alternate weeks, with some work-at-home arrangements, in order to reduce the risk of a single department succumbing to Covid-19 at the same time.

She said Public Works crews continued trash and co-mingled recycling collection services. Paper recycling is suspended until further notice, because of staffing changes to accommodate shifts.

“Residents may take paper to the recycling center or place it curbside for collection with trash, for the time being,” Coaxum said.