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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. - South Abington Twp. hopes to award a contract for its sewer line project, set to begin in the summer, as soon as it irons out final legal details.

Sikora Brothers Paving, Inc., of Hunlock Creek, submitted the lowest bid at $2.67 million, according to David O’Neill, township supervisor. The supervisors voted unanimously to express intent to award the contract at a meeting March 25.

The sewage project start date has not been set, but will begin after South Abington Elementary School closes for the summer. The project is expected to take six months to complete and will cover the area behind the school, the park (which will close for the summer) up to the intersection of Venard and Willowbrook roads.

“We feel everything’s moving forward,” O’Neill said.

South Abington supervisors said work on the sewage system will include a township project to replace two pump stations with a more cost-effective gravity line. The Abington Wastewater Authority will work in the area during the same period.

In related business, the supervisors discussed a grant application the township will submit to improve the South Abington Park.

The township will put up $50,000 for some “preparatory” work this summer and then $100,000 in improvements next year in hopes that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will match that sum.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition for this grant money,” O’Neill said. “We’re hoping that our park will secure some money.”

The grant is due April 10 and will be used for new equipment and paving at the park.

The supervisors agreed that pre-project and post-project photos be taken.

In other business, officials from Rep. Tom Marino’s office and State Rep. Marty Flynn will hold business hours in the township building.

Marino’s office will be at the building, 104 Shady Lane Road, every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m; Flynn’s office each third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.

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