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Town of Malta makes 'inroads' with AMD

Rifenburg submitted a price of just over $33 million for construction of the roads. The LFTC roads are being paid for by a $37 million state grant, but the town is responsible for the contract and will own the roads after they are built.

King said Rifenburg was the second-lowest bid received, but was the lowest bidder that had satisfied the request-for-proposals issued by the town. Kubricky Construction of Glens Falls had the low bid, but King said a subsequent review found Kubricky had overlooked the cost of almost $20,000 worth of highway signposts. While the Rifenburg bid, at $33,054,856, was $17,000 higher than Kubricky it included the signposts, he said.

King said Creighton Manning Engineering of Albany, the town's project consultant, has reviewed the Rifenburg bid and found no problems with it.

"They have found the bid to be acceptable, and have recommended you go ahead and award the bid," King told the board.

The Town Board declared Rifenburg the tentative bid-winner, and will vote on Monday, April 7, on the awarding of the bid.

AMD officials plan to build three chip fab plants in Malta and Stillwater at a cost of around $3.2 billion. The project is estimated to bring 1,405 jobs to the area. The 5.5 miles of interior roads would allow public access from Stonebreak Road off Route 9, Route 67 west of Maltaville and from Cold Springs Road in Stillwater.

Although the computer chip manufacturer has yet to commit to the site officially, it is currently going through the Malta Town and Planning Boards to secure a building permit by the end of the year. The company has until July 31, 2009, to decide and still be eligible for $1.2 billion in state incentives.""

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