District court bids nixed

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com

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.

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