JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Commissioners approved a contract with the Ashtabula County Public Defender’s Commission during a meeting Tuesday.

The contract lasts until June 11.

Earlier this year, the commissioners announced their intention to terminate the Public Defender Office.

Currently, the Ashtabula County Public Defender Office is overseen by a commission, and funding for the office is provided by the county. The county is seeking to transition to the Public Defender’s office being a county agency, Commissioner Casey Kozlowski said in the past.

On Tuesday, the Commissioners approved a contract with the Ashtabula County Public Defender Commission and the Ashtabula County Public Defender, Inc, running from April 1 to June 11. The cost is not to exceed $116,975.

In other business

• The commissioners accepted a bid from Rinker Materials for various types of reinforced concrete pipes for the Engineer’s Department. The total cost of pipe for 15 projects is $220,875, according to the resolution.

The commissioners also approved advertising for bids for aggregate and asphalt emulsion.

The Engineer’s Department is seeking a total of 340,000 gallons of asphalt emulsion, with a total estimated cost of $650,000, and 21,000 tons of various types of limestone, with an estimated cost of $432,600, according to the resolution. The request for bids will be published on April 7, and bids will be opened on April 21 at 10 and 10:30 a.m..

The County Engineer was also authorized to participate in the state’s road salt contract at Tuesday’s meeting.

• The commissioners approved the purchase of two 2021 GMC Sierras for the County Engineer’s office, for a total price of $60,000.

The commissioners also gave verbal approval to replace two vans used by the commissioners’ office with an SUV.

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