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County’s cost for chip and seal materials up sharply

LISBON — Columbiana County Commissioners only received one bid for the emulsified asphalt for this year’s chip and seal program and as expected, the price increased.

“We knew it was going up,” deputy engineer Bill Helscel said.

Commissioners opened the bid Wednesday, totaling $2,320,450 from JASA Asphalt/Russell Standard of Akron, referring the bid to the county engineer’s office.

Helscel said the bid price represents an increase of 18 to 20 percent over last year’s price. Last year the county chip and seal program completed work on 118 miles of roadway in townships and local communities. This year he said they’re scheduled for 115 miles.

The township and local communities who participate in chip and seal program pay for the materials, which include the emulsion and the aggregate or gravel. Helscel said the price of aggregate also increased. The county provides the labor. The county will be notifying the townships and local communities about the pricing and it will be up to them whether they reduce their lists of streets to be done.

In other business, Commissioner Roy Paparodis reported he spoke with Howells & Baird about the renovation project at the county jail. He’s expecting to receive the first stage of the design sometime this week. Commissioner Mike Halleck, president of the board, said the only remarks from the Ohio Department of Corrections had to do with overcrowding. He said every jail in Ohio has that problem. This project will help with that.

The commissioners also approved a proclamation declaring April 10-16 at National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Columbiana County, “in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and citizens safe.”

The proclamation talked about the contributions of the dispatchers as a vital link to police officers and firefighters during emergencies and the first contact with citizens in times of critical need.

The commissioners also:

–approved spending $7,748 on portable radios for the sheriff’s office from American Rescue Plan Act funds.

–awarded the bid for the county garage pump station and oil water separator to Allison Contracting LLC, Wellsville, for $162,275.

–granted permission to Margaret and Raymond McLain to hunt on county home road property.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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