Wright Twp. Board Awards Contract For Municipal Building Expansion, Renovation
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspodent

The Wright Township Board of Supervisors selected a contractor for the expansion and renovation of its municipal building, which will soon be underway. At the October 12 meeting, the board voted that Champion Builders, of Kingston, was awarded the $954,000 project.

The expansion will include the construction of a new 1,677 square-foot police station, connected to the east side of the municipal building, which will be atop a lower level, where three additional bays will be built for the public works department.

With the police housed in a new area, the supervisors’ office will be permanently moved to where the police are currently, Board Chairman Donald Zampetti explained. Then, the planning and zoning offices will be moved and the magistrate’s office will be expanded by taking four feet from the public meeting room.

The majority of the project will be paid for from a $710,000 gaming grant and Wright Township will pay for the remainder. The township began accepting bids for the project on Sept. 25 and, in a few weeks, received proposals from eight companies. Champion’s bid was the lowest.

“The police will have more room. They’re going to have their own little cubicles so they won’t be bumping into each other anymore,” Zampetti said. “It’s going to be a plus for the building.”

The project was originally going to cost over a million dollars, but the township scaled back parts of the expansion. Not included in the new project now are the addition of a new boiler and a cost of $7,000 needed for asbestos contamination related to removing the old boiler. Also the zoning and planning offices will no longer be remodeled, and the front steps of the building will not be replaced.

The board also awarded Champion Builders a separate contract to build a new handicap-accessibility ramp and stairs to the new addition. That undertaking, which will cost $80,000 of the $954,000 project, will be covered by a community development grant, Zampetti noted.

Wright Township began leaf pickup on October 26, Zampetti reported. The pickup began in the Summit Meadows and Deerfield area of the township and residents are asked to rake leaves to the edge of their properties where workers will pass by with a machine to pick up the debris.

Supervisor Colleen Macko reported that the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department answered 23 calls in September, including two fires and multiple motor vehicle accidents. Its annual letter drive is underway and going well and members of the fire department thank all who’ve supported them.

October is fire prevention month and firemen have been visiting local schools and daycare centers. Macko also reported that the fire department will be on Halloween safety patrol and handing out glow necklaces to trick-or-treaters that night.

The Wright Township Police handled 238 incidents in September and issued 15 traffic citations and four non-traffic citations, reported Supervisor Candace Smith. Two officers recently attended a class instructing them on search-and-seizure procedures.

In addition, the fire police responded to four fires and six accidents.

The township’s public works department received and answered four complaints last month, Zampetti told the board. Workers also completed berm work in various areas, including fixing a drainage problem on Rockledge Drive, and installed new stop signs, among other tasks.

Four zoning permits were issued last month, stated Smith, including one to Cardinal Glass for an addition to its plant in the Crestwood Industrial Park. The board also voted for Varaly Associates to perform the township’s community survey.