The Taneytown City Council has awarded two contracts, totaling $200,000, for a dozen street-paving projects and a new well that will nearly double the city's water capacity.
The council awarded the street-paving contract Monday to Stambaugh's of Union Bridge. The company's $123,770 bid was lower than the $129,261 bid submitted by Conewago Contractors of Hanover, Pa. There were no other bidders.
City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. said the street-paving projects will begin as soon as possible and take several months to complete. The projects do not include repaving a portion of the Southern States parking lot off East Baltimore Street, as initially planned, he said.
The city wanted Southern States to help finance the cost of the $24,228 project, which included paving a right of way and a parking area. But because Southern States is cutting back its operations, the city decided to delay that project, Mr. Mangini said. As a result, the overall cost of the paving projects will be $24,228 lower.
A preconstruction meeting with the contractor and city officials is planned to discuss the paving projects, Mr. Mangini said. "When you go sailing, it's best to be all on the same ship," he said.
The paving projects include Park Pavilion Road, Playground and Pool roads, Roberts Mill Road and Riffles, Fairview Avenue, Taneytown High School Park parking lot, Daisy Court, Chestnut Court, Stumptown Road, First Street, Second Street, Ash and Merwyn drives, and Grand Drive.
Those projects range in cost from $2,235 to $22,568.
The council awarded A. C. Schultes an $84,780 contract to dig a well and build a pump house on Pumphouse Road. The company was the only bidder for the project.
Mr. Mangini said the well will almost double the town's water capacity from 345,000 gallons per day to about 600,000 gallons per day.
The town now has five operating wells.
The new well will enhance the city's ability to produce water and "will probably take care of the city's [water needs] for five to 10 years," he said.
The city budgeted $100,000 for the project.
Work is expected to begin immediately, Mr. Mangini said.