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Falls Supervisors Reject Bids for New Municipal Building

The fiscally responsible Falls Township Board of Supervisors opted to return to the drawing board rather than spend more than anticipated to construct a new municipal building.

The board voted unanimously to reject all bids received for building its proposed 55,174-square-foot municipal building and adjacent Public Works building. Both buildings were envisioned to be built in the field across from the current township building on Lincoln Highway.

“The bids did come in considerably higher than what the board was hoping for and led to believe would be true,” Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said.

Vice Chairman Jeffry Dence said the project has been six years in the works. One of the biggest challenges, aside from the too-high bids, is the police station.

“It’s not designed to function as a police station,” Dence said, adding that the board needed to determine a plan B. Chairman Harvie said it’s too soon to determine the board’s next steps.

The board had originally sought to upgrade the current building, but opted to build a new building when renovation costs projections were “astronomical.”

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