Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Millersville rejects bids for sewer plant project
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
A proposal for an equipment enclosure at the Millersville Borough sewer plant will have to wait a few more months.
Council, acting on a recommendation from the wastewater committee, unanimously rejected bids for the screen enclosure project at its meeting on Jan. 22.
Councilman Thomas Keller, chairman of the wastewater committee, said the borough received two bids for the enclosure.
"The bids came in significantly higher than we had anticipated, so we are being advised (by the committee) to not accept the bids, and we will be anticipating rebidding this project in the spring," Keller said.
Specifics of the bids were not discussed, but Keller said the bids were about 20 percent higher than expected.
He said the spread between the bids was "drastic."
The wastewater committee expected five to six bids for the project, but theorized the timing of advertising the bids during the holidays contributed to a poor response.
Also, Millersville University representative Steven DiGuiseppe reported that MU received a score of 92.56 out of 100 in its safety ranking from stateuniversity.com, a website that rates 450 state schools in the United States.
Millersville ranked 16th out of 20 Pennsylvania schools rated for safety. Last year, Millersville ranked fifth among schools in the state.
"Overall, Millersville ranked 219th in the nation," DiGuiseppe said.
He said the rankings are based on reported crimes.
According to the website, based on incidents per 1,000 students, Millersville had 0.46 incidents of aggravated assaults, 0.46 incidents of burglary, 0.23 incidents of forcible rape and 5.84 incidents of larceny-theft.
For a detailed listing, visit www.stateuniversity.com/rank_by_state/safety_score_rank/PA.html
Also, DeGuiseppe said no contract agreements were reached at a Jan. 16 meeting between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
One issue discussed during the six-hour meeting was class size. Another meeting is scheduled for Friday.
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