Bids opened for Frederick Heights waterline project

WELLSVILLE — The contract for the Frederick Heights waterline project is expected to be awarded at the June 20 meeting of the Buckeye Water District.

The BWD held a special meeting Thursday to open bids received from five companies wanting the contract, and while all of them exceeded the $794,593 estimated cost, two were within 10 percent. According to state law, any bids that exceed the engineer’s estimate by 10 percent or more must be rejected.

The following bids were received:

n Rudzik Excavating of Struthers, $861,693

n Pusateri Excavating of East Liverpool, $1.33 million

n Klingensmith Construction, $926,987

n Yarian Brothers of New Waterford, $850,000

n S.E.T. Inc. of Lowellville, $1.36 million

BWD Director Al DeAngelis said the bids from Rudzik and Yarian Brothers would appear to be within the 10 percent margin, but all bids will be reviewed by their engineering firm, which will make a recommendation to the board at its next meeting.

The BWD already has a trunk waterline on Old Fredericktown Road in St. Clair Township that ends at Ruby Drive. The project calls for extending the trunk line 1.6 miles north to just beyond the two entrances to the Frederick Heights subdivision. Work is expected to get started this summer and be completed by fall.

The second phase of the project involves running secondary lines into the subdivision, and that will get underway in 2020.

Last spring, residents from Frederick Heights and smaller subdivisions also located on Old Fredericktown Road approached the BWD about extending water service to them because of problems they were having with their wells.

The BWD agreed to pursue funding for the project if enough households committed to hooking into the waterlines, and at least 90 have agreed to so far.