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LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners tentatively awarded the two contracts for the Hanoverton sanitary sewer project on Wednesday — a decision nearly 30 years old.
“It’s been a long journey through many county commissioners,” said commissioner Mike Halleck.
Plans to bring a sanitary sewer to the village actually began in the 1990s when the late Don Lowe and the late John Wargo were both commissioners, along with Halleck. Some opponents of the project put the issue on the ballot and shut it down at the time, but the project has been revived in recent years. Columbiana County Deputy Chief Sanitary Engineer Troy Graft said he hopes construction could begin in February or March.
“I just want to thank you guys for your support,” he told the commissioners after the contracts were awarded.
The interim contract for the Hanoverton Collection System and Pump Station was awarded to United Earthworks LLC of Deerfield with a low bid of $5,991,800. The engineer’s estimate was $5,660,530, but the bid was well below the 10% threshold that would have required a new bid for the project.
The interim contract for the Kensington sewage treatment plant upgrade needed to handle the additional load from Hanoverton has been awarded to Mack Industries Inc. of Brunswick and Valley City with a bid of $831,804. The engineer’s estimate was $842,550.
A contract will cover the expansion of the sewage treatment plant in Kensington to install additional tanks to handle the additional flow that will come from Hanoverton. The other contract will cover the Hanoverton Collection System and Pump Station, which includes 25,000 feet of sewer lines and the pump station that will be located along U.S. Route 30 past Dollar General to pump flow to factory.
Graft said once the funding agencies meet Dec. 8 and give the county the go-ahead, the contracts will officially be awarded. Funding agencies include the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s finance division and the Ohio Water Development Authority, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers.
He said funding agencies should approve a zero-rate loan for all the shortfall that occurred when inflation hit and prices soared. He estimated the shortfall from initial funding at nearly $1 million.
American Rescue Plan Act funds for the county will be set aside to cover any additional costs that may arise, based on change orders during the construction phase.
“I will try to keep it as low as possible”, Graft said, referring to the possible cost of change orders, if any.
Halleck said they agreed they wanted rates for customers to be comparable to what Kensington residents pay for their sanitary sewer bills. According to Graft, the sewer rate for Kensington is $58.05 per month. The goal is to keep the cost for Hanoverton roughly the same, even though the cost of the project has increased. Once construction is complete, the county will have a better idea of what ARPA funds might be needed.
“People working together make it all possible”, said Halleck.
Registry added that “It benefits the county.”
The project had to be split into two separate contracts and made more expensive after the only initial bid received in September exceeded the engineer’s original project estimate of $5,132,010 by nearly $2 million and had to be rejected . The county had $6 million in place to cover the cost, but with material prices so much higher, a shortfall was created and more money had to be obtained. Graft expects to receive approval from funding groups next month so construction can move forward.
“We are happy to reach this stage” he said.
In other cases, commissioners approved more expenses to be paid for with American Rescue Plan Act funds, with $100,000 for the City of East Liverpool to cover more property remediation and rehabilitation, 37 $802 to purchase a vehicle for the Montrose Auto Sheriff’s Office and $5,550 paid to Partition Plus Online Inc. for bathroom renovations in juvenile court.
Commissioners have granted permission to hunt on County Home Road property to Keith Hilderbrand.
The commissioners also authorized the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce to use the parking lot of the courthouse on November 26 for an ice-free skating rink. Dubbed Skate and Shop at the Square, the Little Shop Weekend event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a temporary 20-foot-by-40-foot iceless rink for free skating for kids and adults. families using real ice skates. The event will also include many food trucks and an area with benches.
The next meeting of commissioners will be at 9 a.m. on November 21 at the courthouse.