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New Hanover Supervisors Approve Bids for Police, Administrative Renovations
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-09-08

            New Hanover's supervisors voted unanimously to award the contracts to complete infrastructure improvements of two facilities in the township. They awarded four contracts totaling $4.736 million.

            Hollenbach Construction will serve as the general contractor for the work to transform the township's recreation center, located at 2373 Hoffmansville Road, into a police station and make the municipal building, located at 2943 N. Charlotte St., solely administrative. The Douglass Township company will be paid $2.777 million.

            JMB, of Nazareth, will complete the HVAC/mechanical work for $512,000. Electri-Tech, of Folsom, NJ will handle electrical work for $1.046 million. K.C. Mechanical Service, of Mount Bethel, will complete the plumbing for $401,000.

            During the Sept. 3 meeting, the board also voted to reject all bids to construct a salt shed. Instead, municipal officials will build it with quarry blocks, according to Manager Jamie Gwynn.

            The township received at least three bids for the four contracts. After the meeting, the manager explained that administrators estimated the cost of the shed at approximately $250,000. He said the low bid came in at $450,000.

            During last week's regular meeting, the supervisors started the process of borrowing approximately $3.5 million to help fund the project, which is expected to cost $5.767 million. The total includes $591,500 in soft costs and a $500,000 contingency, according to a presentation during the meeting.

            The township will fund the work in part with money in its capital projects account. According to Gwynn, administrators have earmarked $2.25 million which they have been transferring from the general fund for the last several years.

            Municipal officials could apply for a bank loan to cover the difference. A financial advisor explained that options would save the municipality $35,000, the cost of floating a bond.
Jamie Schlesinger, of PFM, a company with offices across the country, said he would seek a 10- or 12-year loan with a fixed interest rate between 1.0 and 1.3 percent. According to Schlesinger, the municipality could have its money by November.

            Schlesinger, who directs PFM's Malvern office, said the township has no debt from its general fund. Gwynn said the municipality can afford the loan without needing to raise taxes.

            Built in 1976, the current administrative building holds 18 employees. Six on the administrative side operate in 4,256 square feet, while 12 full-time officers, including Chief Kevin McKeon, operate in 2,294 square feet, according to information provided by Gwynn.

            In June of 2019, the supervisors voted to hire an engineer and an architect to advise them on three possible scenarios involving both facilities. The options include renovating the current one-story building into a police station and converting the recreation center into the administration building, adding a second story to the current facility and renovating the existing building into a police station and constructing a new administrative building next to it.

            "The township is growing and we need to plan long term," former supervisors Chairman Charles Garner said two years ago.

            In other news, the board approved four new ordinances. One requires a resident or developer to acquire a permit to place a dumpster on a township-owned street. The second limits the amount of time a two-axle vehicle can park on roads in the municipality.  The third requires all vehicles that drive in snow emergency routes during an emergency be equipped with all-weather tires. The fourth ordinance updates the township's fire code to incorporate the 2015 International Fire Code.

 


 

 

 

 

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