The city of Corry Redevelopment Authority was surprised — and pleased — to learn how many contractors submitted bids for a storm-sewer separation project.

And the Redevelopment Authority was also happy to award the contract to a local company.

Of the 14 companies that submitted bids for the project, the Redevelopment Authority on Friday awarded the contract to Munsee Excavating, 638 E. Columbus Ave., Corry.

David Dearborn, treasurer of the Redevelopment Authority, said the number of bids submitted was “impressive.”

“It was surprising that that many people submitted quotes,” Dearborn said. “I think in this economy, that’s to be expected. I think a lot more municipalities are seeing more contractors quoting jobs.”

Munsee’s bid of $138,149 was the lowest bid submitted for the project, which includes installation of about 1,000 feet of storm-sewer pipe.

City of Corry Administrator Gerry Dahl said a total of 16 contractors “showed an interest” in the project by requesting bid packets.

Munsee’s bid also was below the $180,000 budgeted for the project, which is being paid for with 2009 Community Development Block Grant funds and about $90,000 in stimulus money from the Americans for Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

CDBG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Most of the bids were below budget,” said Virginia Grice, executive director of the Redevelopment Authority.

About 1,000 feet of 18-inch plastic storm-sewer pipe will be installed under the sidewalk along the east side of North Center Street. The project will start at Bear Creek, near Kwik Fill.

“The outflow will be at Bear Creek,” Dahl said. “It will then extend southerly along the east side of North Center Street and pickup at East and West Irving streets.”

The line will terminate at Center and Irving streets.

The project is part of the city’s ongoing storm-sewer separation project. With the pipes, stormwater and sewage will be collected through separate drains when the city gets heavy rains. Runoff from the stormwater will be discharged into Bear Creek, decreasing the amount of water treated at the wastewater treatment plant on Sciota Street.

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