Mount Holly Springs will seek additional grant money to fund pedestrian safety improvements to two intersections along North Baltimore Avenue.
The Borough Council Thursday approved a motion to request $100,000 in 2020 Community Development Block Grant funding to help pay for handicapped ramps and decorative crosswalks at Butler and Church streets.
By approving the motion, the council agreed to commit a local match of $10,000 in support of its application for CDBG funding through the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority.
Church Street adjoins the Amelia Givin Library while the Butler Street intersection provides access for students across Baltimore Avenue to Mount Holly Springs Elementary School.
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The council in September 2018 awarded a $27,375 contract to C.S. Davidson Inc. of York to design the safety improvements for the intersections. The borough had already received about $110,000 in CDBG funds for the project and had pledged a local match of $6,000.
The payment to C.S. Davidson left a balance of $88,625. The council in March rejected the only bid the borough received for the project. Shiloh Paving and Excavating Inc. of York submitted a bid of $201,279 or about double what the borough had anticipated for the project.
Borough officials met on June 12 with Rebecca Yearick, downtown program services manager for the authority. During that meeting, they discussed the option to rebid the work for one intersection this year and then request funding to rebid the other intersection in 2020. That option was turned down in favor of seeking additional fiscal year 2020 CDBG funding for both intersections.