Bridge replacement bid accepted by Commissioners


By Martin Graham - [email protected]



The Fayette County Commissioners recently approved a bridge replacement bid during their weekly meeting.

The meeting on that date had been set to receive bids for the Old Springfield Road bridge replacement, estimated by Steve Luebbe, county engineer, at $230,577. The commissioners had received two bids, one from DGM, Inc., out of Beaver, for $221,855 and one from Cox Paving LLC, in Washington Court House, for $181,005.61. Having received the bids, it was moved by commissioner Dan Dean and seconded by commissioner Jack DeWeese, per the recommendation of Luebbe, to accept the low bid of Cox Paving for their bid amount. The decision was passed unanimously.

“We have not talked to them about start or finishing times,” Luebbe said. “Typically through projects funded this way they usually start around August 1. That is when paper work gets done and funds are available. This also is about the time we have finished necessary approvals and then it is on the contractor about when it gets finished. But I would say they should start around August 1.”

The commissioners approved two contracts during the meeting. The first contract, per the request of Faye Williamson, director of the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS), was between JFS, acting on behalf of Fayette County Family and Children First Council, and the health department for Help Me Grow. The contract approves early intervention services to children ages newborn to 3-years-old. The maximum payable under this contract is $92,628 and will be funded by Part C funds from July 1 through June 30, 2017.

The second contract, per the request of Williamson, between JFS, acting on behalf of Fayette County Family and Children First Council, and the health department for Help Me Grow Central Coordination and MIECHV services. These services will cover newborns through children 3-years-old. The maximum payable under this contract is $32,070 and will be funded by GRF from July 1 through June 30, 2017.

Additionally, a participation agreement between JFS, the County Commissioners Association and the Ohio CSEA Directors’ Association was approved. The agreement will provide location services for non-custodial parents primarily focused on prison data. The term for the program will be from July 1 through June 30, 2018.

Finally, two resolutions were approved. The first resolution is attempting to change the speed limit for a section of Bloomingburg New Holland Road beginning at State Route 41 extending east .565 miles to Prairie Road. This resolution will request that the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation declare a prima-facie speed limit of 45 miles per hour for the section.

“We basically did this study because the state has control of all speed limits if the road is out of what is mandated by the Ohio Revised Code,” Luebbe said. “If we want to change the speed limit we have to do a study and send it to the state. This is so they can find that section of road and change the speed limit officially. This study came though because of the new (Miami Trace) high school that is going to come out on Bloomingburg New Holland Road. The school is working with a consultant for the necessary improvements to the road. We know they are still reviewing options, but one option they are looking at is adding turn lanes on the road. This is all still in preliminary design though and no decisions are final. The only thing that we found in the study is that an improvement needs to be done for safety and efficiency on the road.”

The final resolution authorized Luebbe to enter into an agreement with the Village of Milledgeville for the repayment of $3,000 for the paving of the alleys in the village that the engineer paid on behalf of the village. The balance is to be paid by Dec. 31, 2017.

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By Martin Graham

[email protected]

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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