STEUBENVILLE - Eleven companies submitted bids Thursday at the Jefferson County commissioners' meeting for a project that county officials said will improve water service to the south end of the county.
The county received a low-interest loan for the $4.3 million project.
A new pump house will be built in Brilliant and 24,000 feet of 10-inch water lines will be installed from the pump station to the water tower in New Alexandria.
BRINGING IN BIDS — Representatives of construction companies filled the Jefferson County commissioners’ office Thursday to submit bids for the Brilliant booster station and water line transmission project. Eleven firms submitted bids for the project, which will improve water service to the south end of the county. - Mark Law
Shannan Gosbin, county water and sewer department director, said the current pump station was intended to serve 450 customers. It now serves 1,200 customers.
The county also has reached an agreement to take over the Smithfield water system, which will be fed with water from the new pump station and water lines. The commissioners have requests from numerous residents in the south end of the county to receive county water, such as the Bradley area outside Smithfield.
The estimate for the water line installation was $3.1 million. Precision Pipeline of Lancaster was the apparent low bidder, with a proposal costing $1,768,078.
The water and sewer department initially was requesting contractors do directional drilling to install the water lines but contractors asked for permission to use the conventional way of digging a trench to install the lines. The county delayed the bid opening and allowed contractors to bid the alternate of digging a trench.
The bids for the directional drilling ranged from $1.8 million to $4.7 million.
The estimate for the general construction of building the pump station was $600,000. No contractor submitted a bid within the price range. That job will have to be rebid.
The contract for installing the electrical work at the pump station was $630,000. Only one company, Fort Steuben Maintenance of Steubenville, submitted a bid - $662,000.
Gosbin said the county should be closed on its loan with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the work in December. She said contractors could begin work at the start of the year, with the project lasting about one year.
Also, commissioners agreed to allow Progress Alliance to submit applications to three state agencies for a total of $600,000 in grants to extend the road at the county's industrial park off county Road 43.
Edward Looman, Progress Alliance executive director, said the project will cost about $675,000, and will open up another 25 acres for development at the industrial park. Looman said two companies already are interested in locating at the industrial park if the road is extended.
The grant applications, each for $200,000, will be made to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Appalachian Regional Commission and Governor's Office of Appalachia.
Commissioners also approved a new three-year labor contract with the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, representing sergeants, lieutenants, captains, deputies, dispatchers, cooks, clerks and custodians at the county sheriff's department.
The agreement calls for a 1.5 percent pay increase the first year and a 1 percent increase in the second and third years of the contract.
Michael Seyer of Clemans, Nelson and Associates, the county's labor consultant, said the agreement also includes new language for the establishment of 12-hour work shifts.
County Commissioner Thomas Graham said the pay raises are not a huge increase for the sheriff's department.
County Commissioner David Maple thanked the union for its understanding of the county's finances.
"We are fortunate to have a hard-working, dedicated and understanding group of folks that understand the financial condition of the county," Maple said.