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The contracts were awarded to the lowest responsible bidders. Brady Construction won the construction contract for $1.1 million. HT Lyons will be paid $137,680 for the plumbing. The $533,550 HVAC bid went to Elliot-Lewis Corp. Finally, Wind Gap Electric will receive $41,700 for the electrical work.
Board President Michael Hudak recused himself from voting for the H.T.Lyons contract because of his employment there as a metal fabricator. Aside from that recusal, all the votes were unanimous. That includes Pat Breslin, who complained about the repairs during a radio show in January, adding that the "government shouldn't be in the gym business."
He quietly voted four times to keep the government in the gym business.
Construction is expected to start on July 24 and be finished by the end of October.
Comer Park Facelift
Slaying the Gerrymander
At the end of the meeting, Malissa Davis returned to the subject of elections. In addition the voter suppression that occurs when polling places change, Davis is concerned about the gerrymander. She said that an independent commission, and not politicians, should draw the boundary lines of congressional districts. But that requires an amendment to the state constitution. A bipartisan effort is slowly gaining steam, thanks in large part to the grass roots efforts of FairDistrictsPa. She asked Commissioners whether FairDistrictsPa could make a presentation when Commissioners meet again in two weeks. "I think that'sa good idea," responded President Mike Hudak.
Hudak polled fellow Commissioners, who agreed that manager Shafer should prepare a resolution supporting gerrymander reform when they meet again. If Commissioners adopt such a resolution, they will be joining Northampton County Council, Easton City Council, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners. Statewide, 18 municipalities have urged state legislatures to end the gerrymander.
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