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Wellsville bids fit the bill this time

LISBON — The scaled-back Wellsville street intersection project appears to be back on track after county commissioners received favorable bids on Wednesday.

Two of the three bids opened at the meeting were under the project estimate of $661,108, with the lowest being for $587,089 from Marucci & Gaffney of Youngstown.

The initial bids opened five weeks ago had to be rejected because all three exceeded the project estimate by 10 percent or more. The project estimate was $748,826, which represents the amount of money officials have to work with, and the low bid was $1 million.

The original project called for the following Wellsville intersections to be repaired: Aten and Clark avenues, Clark Avenue and 17th Street, 17th and Main streets, and Main and 18th streets. It also included resurfacing portions of the streets leading up to the four intersections.

The county Port Authority, which commissioners put in charge of administering the project, decided to seek new bids and scale back the project by removing the resurfacing component with the hope a portion of the project could be done this year. The resurfacing is expected to be done in 2020.

The bids were referred to the county engineer’s office for review, and a recommendation to award the contract could come as early as the Oct. 16 commissioners meeting.

In other action, Commissioner Mike Halleck reported the county jail received preliminary word from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections on the results of the recent annual inspection of the facility. He said there were 115 areas of inspection and the county met all but six, and all of them were related to infrastructure and not operations.

“We were pleased with that, and I know the warden was too,” Halleck said.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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