Yardley Borough Hall

YARDLEY BOROUGH >> The borough council voted unanimously on June 18 to award its 2019 road paving contract to General Asphalt Paving Company of Philadelphia.

The $120,859 contract includes ADA ramp construction and the milling and paving of Breece Drive between West College and West Afton avenues.

The project also includes erosion stabilization work along Jervue Drive, Cold Spring Avenue, Riverview Avenue and Windsor Road in the Whiskey Hill section of town.

Four companies submitted bids for the work ranging from a low of $120,859 to a high of $183,000 submitted by T. Shiefer Contractors of Doylestown. Three of the bids came in below the borough’s budgeted estimate of $180,220.

The work will be funded through a combination of the borough’s street improvement funds and liquid fuels dollars, which are derived from the state’s gasoline tax and allocated to municipalities for road improvements.

The road work is expected to be done sometime over the summer

In other news, Council Vice President David Bria announced that the borough council will hold a special joint meeting with the Yardley Borough Sewer Authority on Wednesday, July 10 beginning at 7 p.m. at the borough hall.

The focus of the meeting will be on a letter sent to the borough’s sewer authority by the Morrisville Municipal Authority regarding its plans to build a new sewer treatment plant. The MMA has asked the borough’s authority for a commitment by the end of this year.

The borough’s sewer authority is exploring several different options, including moving forward with Morrisville, Bria told council. “We can continue the relationship we have now as customers of Morrisville. Another option at the opposite end of the spectrum would be setting up a joint authority.

“There are a lot of different players. So what this really means is that we need to start talking with each other,” said Bria.

The letter also notified the authority that it plans on taking its current plant off line at the beginning of 2022.

“A lot of what we do is going to be dependent upon Lower Makefield’s decision because they have such a large system,” said Bria. “It’s just a matter of practicality to maintain economies of scale. We’re going to have to weigh what the township does.”

Among the options the township is considering is whether it makes financial sense to sell its system. Earlier this year, the township requested a valuation of its sewer system to assist in its decision-making process.

The township board of supervisors is expected to discuss preliminary valuations at its meeting this week. “What that number is is going to impact what they decide to do,” said Bria.

“In light of that, our sewer authority would like to have a discussion with council to decide what our options are going to be going forward,” said Bria.

Bria also added that the borough’s sewer authority is also getting a quote on the valuation of its system. “Just moving forward into this process, we need a working number. What is our system worth?”

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