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Grant disappears, but New Waterford will go with the flow on two projects

NEW WATERFORD — Last year, the village received a $499,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Works for the Phase 3A waterline replacement program.

However, at Tuesday’s village council meeting, Mayor Shane Patrone announced that due to the economic repercussions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the grant was pulled by the state.

While the news seemed like a massive step back at first, Patrone then said that the state called the village last week, saying they have $244,000 left in the Appalachia Program, which they wanted to give to New Waterford. Council then approved Patrone to prepare and submit an application to enter the program.

“We have to apply as soon as we can so we can guarantee that money gets back to us,” Patrone said. “We are very lucky that they came back and offered that to us.”

After opening the bids for the Crestview School waterline extension and the Phase 3A water system improvements two weeks ago, there were nine bids for each one.

The village received good news for the Crestview waterline project, as they accepted a bid that came in about $700,000 under the estimate. The engineer’s estimate for the project was about $2.4 million, and the village entered into a contract with Yarian Brothers Construction, which put a bid in for about $1.7 million.

In January, the village also received a $500,000 grant from the state under Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio plan. The project is to construct a new drinking waterline extension from New Waterford to Crestview Schools, which will eliminate the schools’ aging water system.

Yarian Brothers Construction also had the low bid for the Phase 3A waterline replacement project. The original estimation was $1.2 million, but the most recent estimate from the engineer was $880,000.

The bid by Yarian Brothers came in at about $703,000. With the additional $244,000 funding, the project would be about $459,000. The village also has the principle forgiveness from the EPA for 50 percent as well, so the project comes out to about $230,000.

“Even though we lost that first funding, it really only ended up costing us about $40,000 in grants,” Patrone said. “We were very lucky.”

Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will take place at 6 p.m. June 9.

slendak@mojonews.com

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