Lycoming County commissioners consider flood mitigation bids

Lycoming County commissioners opened bids for flood mitigation demolition from six contractors during their Tuesday morning work session.

The lowest bid came in at $73,299 from Altoona Contracting Excavating Demolition Service. The commissioners will make the final vote on Thursday.

The funds for the contract will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be used for demolishing flood-prone structures. The money was procured through a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant, according to county controller Krista Rogers.

The contract states that seven properties in Cogan Station, Williamsport and Muncy must be demolished by the end of the year to cut down on future injury or damage should those areas be hit with another flood.

Commissioner Tony Mussare was reluctant to give Altoona the job since it is an out-of-county business.

He asked if there was a way to favor local bidders, referring to Steinbacher Enterprises Inc., which came in at $74,815, or Lycoming Supply Co., which came in at $79,061.

The county solicitor said that the commissioners must choose the lowest bidder as long as it also has met the other requirements within the bid.