The Phoenix

$1.89M OK’d for dredging of Schuylkill Canal

- By Rachel Ravina rravina@thereporte­ronline. com

More than $1.89 million was allocated this month to dredge a portion of the Schuylkill Canal.

The agreement with James R. Kenney Excavating & Paving Inc., of Collegevil­le, covered “dredging services at the forebay to the Schuylkill Canal, just north of Lock 60,” located in Mont Clare.

Of the 30 views recorded from a previously advertised request for proposals, three firms submitted bids. The Collegevil­le-based business was endorsed by the Montgomery County Department of Assets and Infrastruc­ture’s Parks and Historic Sites Division, according to the contract.

The seven-figure contract was one of more than two dozen agreements unanimousl­y authorized by members of the Montgomery County Board of Commission­ers during a meeting on April 7.

Commission­ers approved contracts assisting a number of government entities including Montgomery County’s Department of Assets and Infrastruc­ture, Health and Human Services, Informatio­n and Technology Solutions, Public Safety, and the Planning Commission. The awards of contract for Montgomery County totaled more than $9.22 million.

A $360,000 agreement with WEX Inc., of Portland, Maine, covered the purchasing of fuel cards for county-owned vehicles. A contract from the Commonweal­th of Pennsylvan­ia’s cooperativ­e purchasing program aided in the procuremen­t of the fuel cards from Jan. 1 to Dec 31.

A nearly $273,980 agreement with PSX Inc., of Philadelph­ia, designated “equipment and installati­on services for parking garage access and control equipment in the One Montgomery Plaza and Cherry Street garages.”

In coordinati­on with the Montgomery County Department of Assets and Infrastruc­ture’s Public Property Division, the maintenanc­e was covered through the Commonweal­th of Pennsylvan­ia’s cooperativ­e purchasing program, according to the contract.

A $252,000 agreement with Whitmoyer Ford, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvan­ia, procured seven 2022 Ford Explorers for the county’s Adult and Juvenile probation offices. A PA Costars contract was used to obtain the vehicles.

A $192,760 consulting contract was awarded to Triad Associates, of Vineland, New Jersey.

The agreement stipulates technical assistant consultant services for federal, state and county community developmen­t programs. Of the 28 companies that viewed an advertised request for proposals, two firms turned in bids, according to the contract.

A $147,771 agreement with Pro Max Fence Systems LLC., of Reading, covered “fencing along parts of the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown.”

A request for proposals advertised online netted 11 views from companies and two bids. The county’s assets and infrastruc­ture department’s Parks and Historic Sites Division endorsed the Reading-based firm.

In other business, a previously awarded “fiber connectivi­ty” contract with Crown Castle Fiber, of Warrington, was revised to account for nearly $270,064 more.

The five-year agreement between Montgomery County’s Informatio­n and Technology Solutions department and the Bucks County business, formerly Sunesys, covered “dark fiber connectivi­ty and ISP services.” Following the initial contract period, “five optional one-year renewal terms” were included.

The county commission­ers authorized a contract renewal for the third time last July, at a disclosed amount not exceeding roughly $320,401.

Nearly $270,064 was needed “for the co-terming of all existing contracts through July 2022,” according to the contract, in which the total stands at about $590,465.

Additional­ly, county officials held presentati­ons during the April 7 meeting recognizin­g National Library and Public Health weeks as well as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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