Centre OKs bid for repair of flood-damaged properties



BELLEFONTE — The bids have been made and Centre County is ready to move forward with repair of five properties that were significantly damaged by last October’s flooding.

For all five, the lowest bidder, which the Centre County Board of Commissioners approved at their Tuesday, June 13 meeting, was Steven Krieger Excavating, located in Saxton, Pa. Krieger’s bids totaled $187,800; the entire project has been estimated to cost $203,995. The bids were opened at the June 6 Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Mike Pipe said.

The five properties are broken into three projects based on the three areas in the county that were approved for funding from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, according to Bob Sweitzer, manager of the county conservation district. There were three bids submitted for the Spring Township project (two properties in Coleville), with a low bid of $129,900 from Krieger Excavating; four bids in Union Township (two properties in Julian) with a low bid of $33,000; and four bids for the property in Howard Township with the low bid of $24,900.

In the past, Krieger Excavating has worked well with the Huntingdon County National Resources Conservation Service and Huntingdon County Conservation District, Sweitzer said.

In April, the Board of Commissioners approved a grant award agreement between the county and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a total of $152,996.25 in assistance from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will fund the remaining 25 percent of the projects that the federal grant does not cover, Higgins said during the April 11 meeting.

Sweitzer explained at an earlier meeting that the grant from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program covers flood-affected properties that are located within 50 feet of a stream. After an evaluation of 16 properties that were impacted by last year’s flooding, these five were found to qualify for the program.

In other business, a third tenant has moved into the Philipsburg Business Incubator, adding to the growth of entrepreneurship in the county. The new tenant, Sound Mind Healthcare, located at 220 N. Front St., Suite 301, specializes in psychiatric evaluation, complementary therapy approach and medication management for individuals who suffer from mental illness.

The Philipsburg Incubator is now one tenant away from being at full capacity, Higgins said. The other two tenants are Jade A Consulting, which does computer consulting and project management for larger companies and healthcare firms, and Fire Pit BBQ, a business which sells various flavors of BBQ sauces.