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By LINDA HARRIS

Workers writer

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County’s engineering department is heading to have to locate a way to cope with “supply chain problems and promptly growing prices” that doesn’t involve shifting their price estimate just after the bids are opened.

Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Blake explained to commissioners Ohio Revised Code “makes particular provision for the ad for bids for road enhancement initiatives by boards of county commissioners.” If the county commission decides to commence with the venture, he said they “must do so in accordance with provisions … (necessitating) competitive bidding. No agreement for any enhancement may possibly be awarded at a price a lot more than 10 % in excessive of the estimated price tag.”

“No agreement might be awarded at a price tag in extra of 10 p.c of the expense estimate,” he wrote. “Furthermore, when there is a rejection of all bids, the contracting authority might both re-promote, utilizing the original estimate, or amend the estimate and move forward to publicize in the fashion delivered by condition.”

At their June 30 assembly, commissioners resolved to search for Blake’s blessing just before awarding the OPWC County Road 46 resurfacing deal soon after Building Engineer Eric Hilty advised them they’d adopted the Ohio Section of Transportation’s guide and “corrected” their estimate — boosting it by about $11,500 — so they could keep inside of that 10 % threshold mandated in the point out code. The small bid, submitted by Shelley & Sands, arrived in at $222,338 — more than 10 % greater than the engineer’s first estimate of $199,748.

Hilty had mentioned ODOT considers the “corrected engineer’s estimate” to be an accepted typical now for underneath certain instances, because of to offer chain concerns and soaring prices.

“That answers that concern,” Commissioner Tom Graham mentioned right after Blake’s opinion was go through into the report.

After commissioners voted to reject the bids, Hilty informed them the engineering section would have to determine out how to carry on.

“At this position we have to have some dialogue on that,” he reported. “We’re sort of shed on time this summer months. There’s a possibility we may hold it ’til up coming yr, we’ll discuss that.”

Commissioner Dave Maple pointed out the method ODOT is working with, “our prosecutor is declaring don’t do it,” and Graham recommended it might aid to know “what in the Ohio Revised Code is enabling them to do that.”

“ODOT does abide by a minor distinct legislation when it comes to their bidding,” Hilty mentioned. “I may well function with the county engineer and (Blake) on pinpointing what’s most effective for us pertaining to our estimate. We don’t intend this to be a popular practice, but if there is flexibility in our estimate over and above an addendum to our bid paperwork, we want to have that option at moments like these when we have rapid selling price changes.”

Commissioners, meanwhile, ended up told the architect didn’t have the important paperwork all set so the fireplace escape undertaking was delayed a 7 days.

“They didn’t have the paperwork (completely ready),” he mentioned. “We had been likely to start this Friday, but the organization which is going to scrape the paint commenced a different tiny occupation, so now we’re seeking at Thursday.”

He explained the courthouse parking whole lot will be blocked off the day just before construction starts, and only a restricted range of areas will be readily available.

Commissioners also voted to use American Rescue Approach resources — income substitution bucks — to pay back for the hearth escape repairs as well as the 3rd flooring courtroom renovations.

“These two assignments, I consider, are good utilizes for ARPA money,” Graham reported.

“I would concur with that,” Maple mentioned. “We’ve talked about bricks and mortar, infrastructure, long-lasting issues with that income … these unquestionably fulfill individuals feelings.”

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