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Board of Estimates approves contract for Robin Hood Road improvements

Nearly 3,000 feet of Robin Hood Road between Aberdeen and Havre de Grace will be reconstructed, with an estimated start date of July 1.

The $1,475,455 contract to Daisy Concrete Inc. of MD, of Newport, Del., was approved by the Harford County Board of Estimates Thursday.

The project on Robin Hood Road, between Route 40 and Titan Terrace, will include excavation, grading, drainage, paving, sediment control, traffic control, traffic signal, landscaping, reforestation and storm water management, according to county documents.

Daisy was the lowest of five bidders for the contract.

According to Carlos Smith, with the department of public works, the company has done resurfacing projects for the county before.

Field lighting construction

Board of Estimate member Warren Hamilton questioned if a piggyback contract with Baltimore County for the installation of field lighting at various Harford County locations should have been put out to bid.

There are "a lot of firms," Hamilton said, that would have been interested in the contract.

The contract, which is not to exceed $500,000, was awarded to Eastern Sales and Engineering Company "in accordance with the original Baltimore County master agreement," according to a memo from Paul Magness, chief of capital planning and development, to Director of Procurement Debbie Henderson.

"This master agreement competitively bid over 100 line items to include unit costs for light fixtures, transformers, circuit breakers, conduit, poles, wiring and various types of field equipment at costs per hour," the memo continued.

Magness told the board that the contract was on an "as-needed basis," with a project already identified for lighting construction at Belcamp Park, which will cost an estimated $228,221.88.

The Belcamp Park project will extend the use of its field into the fall, Magness said, especially for the use of soccer games.

Bulk liquid propane gas

Southern States COOP Inc., of White Hall, will provide bulk liquid propane gas to three highways shops, eight parks and recreation facilities and the construction management building, now used by emergency operations, for $75,960.

Southern States was the lowest of two bidders, the other being Amerigas Propane.

Board of Estimates member Jay Van Deusen asked who owned the tanks that would be filled by the propane gas.

Procurement agent Daniel Guthrie said the county owns the majority of the tanks, with only two or three locations being owned by other companies, including Southern States.

There was some confusion as to how the bidding process was competitive if Amerigas Propane would have to replace the tanks and Southern States wouldn't because they own a few tanks.

Guthrie explained that the contract was only for the price of gas per gallon and the price for tanks was not included.

The price that was accepted was $1.89 per gallon and Amerigas bid $2.19 per gallon.

Business incubator project

The board also approved two contracts to the Harford Business Innovation Center, both of which will provide services to new companies that move to the county.

One contract was a change order of $30,000 to make an amended contract for $195,000.

The modification was for the fiscal year 2011-2012 grant-in-aid agreement for "increased operations costs and programming assistance," according to county documents.

Denise Carnaggio, deputy director of the office of economic development, explained it was because the center moved to a wireless connection.

The 2012-2013 grant request was also approved for $195,000.

"The [Harford Business Innovation Center] board has been building technology assistance programming at the center for high tech companies and defense contractors," read a memo from Carnaggio to Henderson. "Additional funds are needed to support the ongoing operations which recently added the following: procurement technical assistance program (PTAP), small business development center (SBDC) and the RDECOM technology transfer and small business outreach programs."

Other contracts approved by the Harford County Board of Estimates Thursday:

• The Harford County Sheriff's Office will purchase new summer and winter uniforms for an amount not to exceed $292,215 from F&F and A. Jacobs & Sons Inc. The purchase will be funded by the sheriff's office operating budget.

Waste Industries of Maryland will provide refuse and recycling collection for all government locations for $81,840.02. The contract also includes some Harford County Public Library locations to assist in expanding the county's recycling program.

• Three underground Verizon fiber cables at the Patterson Mill fire substation will be relocated for $74,061.89 to accommodate the entry drive and grading for the station.

• Control Roofing and Sheet Metal Corporation will replace the roof at the Havre de Grace Water Treatment Plant for $150,481. The project is a new standing seam metal roof for the main building and a modified roof on the lower side small roof area.

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