Bids come in under estimates

LISBON – Efforts to demolish the former county welfare office building received a boost this week after bids for asbestos removal came in well under estimates.

The four bids from contractors received by Columbiana County commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting ranged from $24,460 to $40,600 – well below the $60,000-to-$85,000 they were told it would cost to remove and dispose of asbestos from the building.

“It looks very favorable,” said Commissioner Jim Hoppel, after they voted to review the bids before making a decision.

Commissioners are considering demolishing county Annex No. 1 building on Nelson Avenue, which housed the county Department of Job and Family Services until the JFS moved into the new county government services building last April.

After deciding to go forward with the demolition, commissioners canceled the project when learning it would likely cost $250,000, due in part to the asbestos remediation expense. They changed their mind again and decided to proceed in stages, doing the asbestos removal and disposal first.

In other action at the meeting, commissioners approved the annexation of 86 acres from Fairfield Township into the city of Columbiana. The property is owned by the city and is where the 80-year-old municipal water treatment plant is located. Columbiana wanted the property annexed into the city before it undertook a major upgrade of the plant.

The next commission meeting is 9 a.m. March 6.