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County receives bids for Minford sewer project

By Wayne Allen

December 13, 2013

Wayne Allen


PDT Staff Writer


The Scioto County Commissioners received bids on Thursday for the multi-million dollar Minford Sewer Project. The project was bidded out into three contracts, and its opening was held Thursday at 11 a.m.


According to the bid specifications, work will consist of the construction of a sanitary sewer collection system for Muletown, Minford, and surrounding communities.


The engineer’s estimate for the Minford contract is $12 million with an estimated completion time of a year. There were five bidders for the project, with the apparent low bidder being Tri-State Pipeline Inc., coming in with a bid of $6,370,350.


The Clarktown contract bids were opened at 1 p.m. Work will consist of the construction of a sanitary sewer collection system for the community of Clarktown and several adjacent neighborhoods. The engineer’s estimate for the Clarktown contract is $7 million. The estimated completion time for this contract is one year. There were seven bidders for this contract from around the region. The apparent low bidder on the contract was Tri-State Pipeline Inc., with a bid of $4,004,250.


The Rubyville contract bids were opened at 2 p.m. Work here will consist of the construction of a sanitary sewer collection system for the community of Rubyville, and several adjacent neighborhoods. The engineer’s estimate for this Rubyville contract is $5 million. The estimated completion time for this contract is one year. There were seven bidders on this contract, with the apparent low bidder Enyart and Sons for a bid of $2,735,318.80.


Funding of the project was first announced 2010, stating that Scioto County would be getting $29 million from the federal government to construct the system. The funding is offered from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, through the USDA Rural Development through a $14,912,000 loan and a $14,507,000 grant.


The project calls for the installation of 30 miles of sewer mains, a new waste water treatment plant and other items. The proposed project will provide sewage service to 1,327 existing homes along with modest growth capacity for the entire service area.


The Commissioners have passed a resolution establishing mandatory hookups to the Minford Sewer District for those who live in the area once the system is completed.


The resolution states, “The Scioto County Board of Health has passed a resolution stating that the reason for the Minford Sewage Project is to reduce or eliminate an existing health problem or hazard of water pollution. Ohio Revised Code section 6117.51 permits the Board of County Commissioners, to order the owner of any premises located in the Minford Sewer District, the owner’s agent, lessee, or tenant, or and other occupant of the premises to connect to premises to the sewer for the purpose of discharging sewage or other waste that the board determines is originating on the premises, to make use of the connection, and to cease the discharge of the sewage or other waste into a cesspool, ditch, private sewer, privy, septic tank, semipublic disposal system.”


The resolution further states that the “owner, agent, lessee, tenant or occupant shall comply with this order with 90 days after the completion of service of the order upon the person.”


Each of the bids were referred to Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong for review.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.


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