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BWD awards Old Fredericktown Road extension bid

WELLSVILLE — Frederick Heights residents may see water in their very near future.

During a brief meeting Thursday morning, Buckeye Water District’s board of trustees unanimously awarded the bid for phase 2B of the Old Fredericktown Road water line extension. According to the resolution passed with emergency language, J.S. Bova Excavating LLC had the lowest and best bid at $1,493,000. The Struthers-based contractor is required to file both performance and warranty bonds prior to beginning the project.

The Frederick Heights project has been in the works for a while.

While Phase One already has been completed, the pandemic delayed installation of the secondary lines to participating households.

The BWD already has a trunk waterline on Old Fredericktown in St. Clair Township, ending at Ruby Drive; however, the trunk was extended to include residents of the Frederick Heights subdivision.

J.S. Bova Excavating will handle running the secondary lines, which originally was expected to be completed in 2020.

The district secured federal and state financing to fund the project, which includes a $994,000 grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $250,000 through the federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and up to $300,000 courtesy of a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA).

The second phase of the project involves running secondary lines into the subdivision and was moved to the back burner due to the pandemic.

In 2018, residents located on Old Fredericktown Road approached the BWD about extending water service to them due to problems they were encountering with their wells, and the district agreed to pursue it if enough households were willing to tap in.

There will be a pre-construction meeting scheduled for contractors and utility providers set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in Wellsville council chambers.

In other action, BWD unanimously set their base wage rate at $18 per hour, which is an hourly increase of $2.50, and contracted with the Ohio Power Company for electrical distribution services for its raw water pump station at 100 Mill Alley in Wellsville.

The BWD board of trustees is set to meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Wellsville council chambers.

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