Dorrance paving work must wait for pipeline project

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader
The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. -

DORRANCE TWP. — Supervisors voted unanimously this week to accept the low bid of $59,747 from Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, of Emmaus, for paving work scheduled on St. Mary’s Road.

It was stated in bid requests that the project entails double-seal coating, chipping and line painting from Blue Ridge Trail to the intersection of Stairville Road. However, township officials don’t want the job to commence until work on a natural gas pipeline through the township has been completed.

Alan Snelsen, codes and zoning officer, said he issued two permits last week for Transco Inc. to move heavy equipment across St. Mary’s and make cuts in Prospect Road and Country Club Drive to facilitate the installation of steel piping.

The actual pipeline work is being performed by sub-contractor Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, three companies submitted proposals for the St. Mary’s paving; AMS’ bid, however, was $8,000 lower than Midland Asphalt Solutions and $18,000 under that of Pocono Spray Coating.

In another decision, supervisors approved the sale of beer and wine at a Sunoco convenience store near the exit/entrance ramp of Interstate 81. The business is part of the Malwa Ventures LLC chain which has Simrat Awlakh, of New Milford, as one of its principal officers.

During a public hearing, it was stated Awlakh secured a liquor license at a public sale staged recently at a former restaurant in Buck Township. He submitted the high bid of $66,000.

In other business:

• Supervisors acted to table a decision on the proposed waiver of a $28,100 line of credit secured by the Button family for work at its Blue Ridge Truck Plaza near I-81.

• The board decided to seek proposals for the installation of security cameras at a playground and park behind the municipal building following recent incidents of vandalism.

• It was stated the May 5 spring cleanup was a success with $1,980 in income generated for the township and $454 for the fire company.

• Township Solicitor Donald Karpowich said a resolution intended to expand building inspection services will be ready for action by supervisors June 11.

The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. Dorrance Township Municipal Building.

By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader