Work, payments on Beaver Lake sewer project on track

Construction of a new control building for the Beaver Lake Sewage Treatment Plant is progressing smoothly since it began last month.

HRI Inc., of Williamsport, submitted the first of several pay applications to the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on May 29, accompanied by a breakdown of the work performed.

The authority voted 6-0 Tuesday to pay the $21,091 bill, which has so far consisted mostly of foundation-related work, such as excavation and forming and pouring footers.

Voting yes were Robert Hippenstiel, Paul Wentzler, Richard Hass, Jan Ransdorf, Donald Konkle and Charles Hall.

The work represents completion of about 23 percent of the $100,700 project, said Christine Weigle, Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority executive director.

The authority also approved a change order request from BK Controls Inc., of Montoursville, to increase the amount of the original contract for electrical work for the new building.

The $1,150 increase is due to the installation of a single phase manual transfer switch – a feature that accomodates an emergency generator hook-up – which was not included in the original contract with BK, because the authority had planned on performing the work itself.

However, Weigle said, it has since been determined that it “makes more sense” financially to let BK do the installation.

“It actually costs less to us if we let (BK) do the work,” she said.

The cost brings the total of the contract to just over $15,000. The work is not expected to increase the length of the contract.

The authority also approved a requisition to draw $17,542 from its $250,000 loan for the Limestone Township distribution project, to pay miscellaneous expenses for labor and data logging equipment that monitors leak detection.

In other business, the authority heard from Joe Muscatello, of the firm Boenning and Scattergood, about the possibility of refinancing more than $12 million in bonds that were used to construct and manage the Montoursville Regional Sewer System.

The authority could save up to $400,000 through a refinance of the 2009 bonds, Muscatello said.

The next authority meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 2 at 280 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.