The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 18, 2013

Ashtabula County Commissioners give contract to Mentor company for Route 534 waterline work

By CARL E. FEATHER - cfeather@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — Davis Diggers of Mentor has won the contract to replace waterline along Route 534 in the county’s water system.

Davis will be paid up to $571,083.57 for the project, which involves installing a 12-inch line and all valves and hydrants along 8,300 feet of the highway. The affected section is between the Geneva City limits and New London Road.

The project must be completed by Aug. 15.

In other action, the board approved a contract with MV Transportation to operate the Ashtabula County Transportation System (ACTS) within the county from April 1 to Dec. 31.

The Elkhorn, Iowa, company will be paid up to $799,473.18 to operate the public transportation program, which includes limited services to points outside the county.

Commissioners also on Tuesday approved the county’s vehicle lease with MV Transportation. The county pays $1 per year per vehicle to MV to use and maintain the vehicles.

A resolution to advance the study of a central dispatching center for the county also received the board’s approval. The resolution supports and approves a memorandum of understanding to seek local government innovation funds for the project. The funding is offered under the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Commissioners are partnering with the Ashtabula Township Association; trustees in Rome, Ashtabula and Plymouth townships; the cities of Conneaut and Geneva; the villages of Geneva on the Lake, Roaming Shores, Orwell and Jefferson; First Energy; and the Ashtabula County Fire Chiefs Association in issuing the memorandum of understanding.

The board is investigating the feasibility of establishing one central dispatching center for the entire county as a way to lower costs and improve public safety.

Also during the Tuesday agenda meeting, commissioners adopted an update to the Ashtabula County multi-jurisdictional all-hazard mitigation plan, which was first adopted in 2005. The plan is a state and federal requirement to maintain eligibility for hazard mitigation funding. Updating must be done every five years.

The board ordered bids for the Harpersfield booster station replacement project. The engineer’s estimate for the project is $515,000. The bid opening is May 15.

A resolution to approve a contract with Respiratory Care Partners of Warren for respiratory and oxygen supplies was tabled. Commissioners want to first determine if the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center attempted to obtain the same services from a county provider before awarding the three-year contract to an out-of-county business.