CADIZ – Two very different offers have been received from construction companies for an impending garage expansion project.
One was over $ 100,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate, while the other was nearly $ 180,000 lower.
Harrison County Engineer Doug Bachman hopes to expand the county’s current highway garage to include office space as well as equipment.
The engineer’s office currently operates from two different areas – partly from an office inside the courthouse while the rest of the road staff operate from the garage on Service Garage Road .
The estimated addition of $ 806,590 would allow the department to work from a single zone.
Engineer Doug Bachman opened two bids Wednesday morning at the Harrison County Commissioners Council meeting.
Colaianni Construction of Dillonvale offered $ 915,200 while E. Mullins Construction of Bloomingdale offered $ 627,000.
Bachman recommended tabling the bids for further consideration. Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel and Paul Coffland endorsed the recommendation.
After the meeting, Bachman said the addition will be built on the left side of the current garage that faces US 22.
The project is financed by departmental funds.
In other areas, the commissioners signed an agreement with Border Patrol LLC of Hopedale for $ 320,000 to complete upgrades to the Harrisville wastewater treatment plant.
Brandon Conley, a project manager at EL Robinson, a company hired by the county to help with the project, recommended the company for the project.
The bid was the only one to fall below the engineer’s estimate of $ 335,500.
Conley said they expected it to take around 20 weeks for the materials to be delivered. Over the next three months, the village, the engineering company and the construction company will hold monthly progress meetings. He said he expects construction on the project to begin in February.
The project is fully funded by a grant from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association. It includes the replacement of the UV disinfection unit and the installation of an automatic bar screen to remove debris and prevent waste from entering the system.
Bob Allen, Commercial Director of EL Robinson, also provided an update on a potential water and sewer project in the village of Bowerston. He said they applied for and got a 50% principal rebate loan through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, including about $ 1.75 million in grants. He said when they recently contacted the EPA to inform them that there would be no line extension outside the village boundaries that would allow the village to include New Hagerstown to add additional customers, they withdrew the subsidy due to the lack of health hazard points.
Allen said the EPA recommended calling on the Rural Communities Support Partnership to help secure the funding. He said they were planning to schedule a public meeting in the Conotton Creek area.
“If we could just get a few people over there to get some water in Bowerston, maybe that could save that main pardon which equates to about $ 1.75 million in grant money,” he said.
Allen said they are doing everything possible to keep this fundraising opportunity for the village. A meeting date with the CRPA has not yet been set.