Trustees receive 4 bids on new police headquarters

LaCROFT — A decision could be made within the next couple weeks as to what company will handle construction of the Liverpool Township Police Department’s new station.

Bids from four contractors were revealed Thursday during a special meeting with Liverpool Township trustees and Baker, Bednar, Snyder and Associates — the architects and engineers for the project.

Joining the trustees was Randy Baker, director of business development for the Warren-based architectural firm, who announced bids from DiLoreto Construction Inc. of East Liverpool, E. Mullins Construction LLC of Bloomingdale, Jim Santini Builders of Washingtonville, and United Contractors of North East Ohio of Brookfield, all of which submitted sealed bids prior to Thursday’s noon deadline.

The township is looking create a new police station along Boring Lane in the former LaCroft kindergarten building.

Based on the information presented, Santini submitted the lowest bid for the project at $442,777. United Contractors was second-lowest at $445,000, followed by the Mullins’ bid of $454,961 and DiLoreto’s offer at $513,500.

According to Baker, all four contractors appeared to have their bonds in order, to which some of the companies also provided affidavits. He mentioned Santini included non-collusion and drug-alcohol affidavits in its bid, which United also provided along with a personal property tax affidavit. Mullins also had a non-collusion affidavit. Reportedly missing from DiLoreto’s bid was a personal property tax affidavit, a drug-alcohol affidavit and non-pollution affidavit.

In recent years, township officials have discussed the relocation of the police station from its current location on the second floor of the Township Administration Building on Ada Avenue, focusing on two main issues — the difficulty for elderly and disabled residents to walk a flight of stairs to access the station, and the department’s limited holding space for multiple-suspect arrests.

The former schoolhouse, meanwhile, had previously been discussed as a new location for the township administration building before officials decided to place a levy on the November 2016 general election, which, if passed, would have generated funding for a new administration building (for trustees, administration and police) constructed adjacent to the current one, on land behind the fire department. That levy, however, was turned voted down by residents.

No decision on a contractor was reached Thursday as, according to Baker, the firm will review all information and then make a recommendation to trustees.

“We will be reviewing the bids, doing whatever due diligence we have to to make sure that our recommendation is the lowest and best bid,” Baker said.

Once the firm provides its recommendation, trustees will vote on a resolution to accept the winning bid, which is anticipated to be made at the trustees’ next regular meeting, scheduled 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Township Administration Building on Ada Avenue.