The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 2, 2013

ACDJFS expansion project a step closer to getting started

JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services expansion project is one step closer to getting under way.

Ashtabula County commissioners passed a resolution, Tuesday, receiving a number of bids for the project. Commissioners tabled the bids for further examination before naming a contractor for the project.

This is the second time the project has gone out for bid. The first round of bids all came back 10 percent higher than the Ashtabula County Engineer’s estimated project cost of $1.8 million.

Five contractors submitted bids for the general construction portion of the project, with an additional three firms bidding on the roofing portion of the project.

General construction bids were received from Vendrick Construction Inc., of Brookfield; Capstone Construction Co., LLC, of Highland Hts.; Coastal Quality Construction Inc., of Broadview Hts.; Hudson Construction Inc., of Hermitage, Pa.; and Lakeland Management Systems Inc., of Painesville.

Roofing bids were received from Building Technicians Corp., of Geneva; Warren Roofing and Insulating Co., of Walton Hills; and McCreary Roofing Co., Inc., of Erie, Pa.

Contractors submitted a base bid and several alternate bids, which Ashtabula County Administrator Janet Discher said were for various parking lots and a small building addition.

“The bids seem to be pretty good,” she said. “They are pretty competitive and seem to fit within our budget.”

The expansion will consolidate most of ACDJFS’s services into one location.

The project will include an addition to the existing facility at the Donahoe Center, which is shaped like an “H,” that will fill in the courtyard areas on both sides of the building, plus extend the building to the east.

The Lake Avenue JobSource services would be relocated to ACDJFS’s Main Avenue building, which is owned by the county, and all operations from the Main Avenue building would be moved to the Donahoe Center. The Lake Avenue location is rented and will save the department about $100,000 a year, which ACDJFS Executive Director Patrick Arcaro hopes to put back into staffing.

In other business, commissioners approved:

• A resolution approving the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency for the 2013 formula program;

• A resolution adopting the revised Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) Program plan for the ACDJFS services;

• A resolution receiving a proposal to continue the Ashtabula County Recorder’s micrographic fund for 2014;

• A resolution setting a date and time of Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the proposal of the County Recorder for funds generated for the acquisition or maintenance of micrographic or other equipment or for contract services for 2014; and,

• A resolution ordering bids for the administration wing re-roofing project for the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Commissioners also approved a number of financial transactions for the county including travel requests and additional appropriations for the ACDJFS project to cover initial bills for engineering work and additional appropriations for a new hire in the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

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