City Council hired a Jefferson firm Monday night to remove asbestos and demolish four blighted buildings.
Medico Systems, Inc., 1949 Forman Road, Jefferson, was the low bidder at $63,480, City Manager Jim Timonere said.
The money will come from the $200,000 in Move Ohio Forward funds allocated the city early last year.
The city received three bids for the job, starting at about $93,000, he said.
The properties scheduled for the wrecking ball are: 1559 Laird Dr., 1644 W. Fourth St., 1802 Lake Ave. and 1008 W. 43rd St.
All but the West 43rd Street house are in the Ashtabula harbor.
Work will begin as soon as possible, and all buildings could be a memory within a few weeks, Timonere said.
Council members were happy to hear the news. “It’s good to see continuing progress,” said Ward 2 Councilman August Pugliese.
Moving Ohio Forward is a program geared to demolition work.
In other business, City Council:
• Adopted a resolution giving the Ohio Department of Transportation consent to inspect the city’s bridges at no cost under a federally funded state-wide program.
“This will save the city $6,500,” Timonere said.
• Approved an ordinance to enter into an agreement with Conneaut Telephone Co., 224 State St., Conneaut, for the purpose of upgrading the telephone services for the city’s land lines.
• Approved an ordinance to enter into a two-year agreement with Giangola Insurance Agency, 1000 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, in the amount of $15,000 annually, payable in monthly installments of $1,250.