LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County Commissioners opened the bids and expressed shock and dismay at figures that appeared to be more than double what they were expecting for a Renovo area district courthouse project.
The commissioners had proposed to build a government building to house the District Magisterial Judge's office at the corner of Erie Avenue and Third Street in the borough of Renovo.
The bidding process itself was a confusing matter, with subcontractor bids, general contractor bids, electrical bids and HVAC bids, with contracting firms sometimes doubling down on separate segments of the work, but the bottom line startled board members Jeff Snyder, Pete Smeltz and Joel Long.
The previous board of commissioners prepared for the transition by creating a $200,000 line item in a bond issue, but the actual cost will have to wait until after the bidding process is complete.
Bids for for the general contractors, however, ranged from a high of $522,000 from Sponaugle Construction Services to a low of $348,475, after an alternate bid for municipal authority space had been subtracted from the equation.
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