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Bowman Field video scoreboard bids opened

City officials opened the bids from four companies seeking to install at video scoreboard at Bowman Field this week.

The bids were opened by Jon Sander, city engineer, in a remote meeting. The bids from high to low were from: TSI, $1.2 million; Lundy Construction, $999,000; Daktronics, $898,040 and Samsung, $455,960.

Larson Design Group will be reviewing the four bids and assist the city administration as it makes a recommendation for City Council, Sander said.

The video scoreboard project is made possible through a $1.2 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project grant obtained in the prior city administration through application to the Office of Budget of Gov. Tom Wolf.

The bid process was held up when it was delayed three times due to technical difficulties, according to Mayor Derek Slaughter.

The video scoreboard and it getting designed and installed for the upcoming baseball season at the stadium was among the discussion by council in December.

Council concluded the scoreboard could be constructed because it was going to be designed and built using the grant money and not city taxpayer dollars, according to Councilwoman Liz Miele, vice president of council and chairwoman of the finance committee.

The scoreboard will be used to replace one that is old and often goes out whenever there is rain or wind, she said.

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