Irwin Park is getting a new walking track
Irwin residents will soon have a new walking track when they exercise at Irwin Park near Pennsylvania Avenue.
Irwin Council on Thursday awarded a $105,000 contract to Ramsey Excavating Co. of Ligonier Township to rebuild the existing footpath by milling the 7-foot-wide track and repaving it.
Ramsey Excavating will also be responsible for site storm drainage improvements and site restoration.
Ramsey is the same contractor who recently carried out the shoreline restoration project along the unnamed tributary of Tinker’s Run, which flows through the park before emptying into Tinker’s Run.
The only other bidder on the project, WG Land Co. LLC of Champion, offered to mill the track and repave it for just over $219,000.
The council chose to select a scope of work in the park that was less than a project that would have included rain gardens and other works. Ramsey Excavating bid about $157,000 which included the additional work, while WG Land Co. reportedly charged more than $320,000 for the same work.
In July, the council rejected contract offers for the walking track and park improvements because the prices were too high.
Irwin officials have discussed the need to repave the walking track and have tried in recent years to secure grants for the work.
In other cases, the council hired Alexander Gillingham as a constable.
The action came after Daniel Morrow, a full-time police officer, quit in July. He had been hired in April 2021.