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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Commissioner Jeff Eggleston and Chief Clerk Pam Matve review some of the seven proposals Warren County has received from companies hoping to be the county’s next engineering department.

With several construction projects on the horizon, Warren County Commissioners are looking to sign an engineering department to work with the county.

They announced and at Monday’s business session Commissioner Jeff Eggleston and Chief Clerk Pam Matve checked the take.

There were seven candidates from afar.

“I’m surprised we’re raking such a wide net” said Eggleston. “I’m really happy that we received so many good offers.”

Some of the bidders were familiar. Former county engineer E&M Engineers and Surveyors of Bradford, Stiffler McGraw of Titusville, and CPL Architecture, Engineering, and Planning of Jamestown, NY, are no strangers to the county. Others were not based so close to the county – Mackin Engineering of Pittsburgh, EADS Group of Altoona, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic of Harrisburg, and Remington and Vernick Engineers of Haddonfield, NJ, also threw hats at the ring.

The request for proposals for the engineer was not the same as a call for tenders. Making a decision will not be a simple apples-to-apples comparison, as the winning company will be working on multiple projects.

“We will take them and review the rates and qualifications”, said Eggleston.

The new engineering department will be involved in the county’s planned expansion of the Bike/Hike Trail.

Initially, this means “completion of the next phase – bringing us into the former Warren Mall location,” said county planner Dan Glotz.

After that, work would begin looking for alternatives to extend the trail north, Glotz said.

There are other projects on the table, and the county will also have US bailout funds to spend on the projects.

Eggleston said he hoped to have a recommendation on the agenda for the regular commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday.

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