By JIM MAURER
A Mansfield company submitted the apparent low bid of $188,459 for a waterline replacement in Mount Blanchard, funded through a Community Development Block Grant, federal money funneled through the state to the county.
Rising Son Co. was the lowest of five bids opened Thursday. The bids will be reviewed, and the commissioners will take action on “the lowest and best” bid in the next few weeks.
The work will be done this construction season.
Other companies and their bids were: Helms & Sons Excavating and Construction, Findlay, $212,576; Buckeye Excavating and Construction, Norwalk, $215,050; JDR Excavating and Construction, $219,180; and R.A. Bores Excavating, Monroeville, $222,722.
The project estimate was $210,000 but 10 percent over the estimated amount is allowed by state law.
All five bids were within the 10 percent allowance.
The work will include replacing 2,160 linear feet of waterline and installing two new fire hydrants and four water valves on three sections of waterlines on Creek Drive, River Street and Walter Street.
Last month, the commissioners approved a resolution to seek bids for the construction, which will be paid from a portion of the Community Development Block Grant Critical Infrastructure program.
The commissioners also met with James Sammet, maintenance supervisor, for an update on building needs.
The commissioners held a closed executive session to discuss potential and pending litigation and potential real estate acquisition. No action was taken.