District court bids nixed
Hatboro Borough Council postponed selecting the low bidder for the district court fiW-RuW SURMHFW ASULO 9.
Council heard from Borough Manager Fred Zollers that the low bidder for HatERUR’s GLsWULFW FRuUW fiW-RuW was an unknown company to staff and suggested the ERDUG ZDLW Rn PDNLnJ D finDO decision.
“We want to investigate the low bidders,” Zollers told the board.
He said the bids were being reviewed by an architect to make sure everything the borough asked for was in the proposals. The bids, he told the board, would be ready for the April 22 council meeting.
According to the board, District Judge Paul Leo will move from the borough EuLOGLnJ WR D vDFDnW fiUsWflRRU ORFDWLRn Ln VLFWRULDn VLOODJH, ZKLFK Ls WKH nHLJKboring property to the borough building. The borough UHTuLUHs WKH fiW-RuW WR EH completed by Sept. 1. However, Montgomery County has given the borough until 2FW. 1 WR KDvH WKH sSDFH fiWted.
The borough is currently looking at contractors to prepare the vacant space to be the district court, including a lobby area and courtroom, ZKLFK Ls FDOOHG D “fiW-RuW.”
The low bid for the project was Maxis Construction DW MusW PRUH WKDn $292,000. However, borough Solicitor Christen Pionzio said the
median for the project was approximately A340,000 to A350,000.
Zollers said because of the “gap,” the bor- ough was doing extensive research into Maxis Construction to make sure the company was a responsible contractor. The highest bid came in at more than A480,000.
Pionzio said council does not have t o go with t he lowest bi dder if t he contractor is considered t o be not responsible. “The key word is responsible,” she said.
In addition to a contractor recommendation, the board will also consider a project manager for the district court fitout.