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Scio’s wastewater treatment plant improvement project moving ahead

CADIZ — The village of Scio’s wastewater treatment plant improvement project is moving ahead with officials hoping for a start date early next year.

On Wednesday, the Thrasher Group, an engineering company hired by Harrison County, submitted its recommendation to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners for a contractor to perform the project work. The company recommended Commissioners Paul Coffland and Don Bethel accept the bid from Border Patrol LLC of Hopedale for $556,291, the lowest of the four bids received last week. Commissioner Dale Norris was absent from the meeting.

Other bids included Workman Industrial of Kent for $573,492; S.E.T. of Lowellville for $673,000; and Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan Point for $696,345.

The engineering company reviewed the contractors’ references and bid documents prior to making its recommendation. Coffland said they also received a recommendation letter for Border Patrol from Scio Village Administrator Jason Tubaugh.

Commissioners accepted the bid from the Hopedale-based company to perform the work, which includes the installation of a new clarifier and two new generators. The project will benefit more than 800 people in the community.

The project is mostly funded through a Critical Infrastructure Program grant that the village was awarded totaling $489,100.

The village will contribute matching funds for the remaining funds.

Following the meeting, Tubaugh said he is “ecstatic” that the board awarded the project to a local company within the county.

“Which means the majority of that money will stay in Harrison County. That’s phenomenal, in my opinion,” he added.

Tubaugh said they are hoping to begin the project in February due to a delay in materials.

In other matters, Coffland announced the village of Freeport received a $500,000 grant through Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant program for an estimated $8.6 million sewer project.

“That will go toward their sewer project. That money coupled with the $1 million grant through the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers is good news. There are still a number of possible funding opportunities that we hope to have realized and to have that project bid by the end of the year,” he said.

The project includes the construction of a wastewater collection and treatment system for Freeport.

The village currently operates without a sewer system with residents having individual septic systems that reportedly are failing.

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