2 bids for Perry sewer under estimate

LISBON – A Perry Township sewer line extension project looks like it might be a go this time after some of the bids received came in under the estimate.

Bids on a project to extend sewer lines to Painter Road/Brooklyn Avenue and Depot Road in Perry Township were opened on Wednesday by Columbiana County commissioners, who were asked by township trustees to undertake the project.

The project has an estimated price tag of $260,000, and two of the 13 bids received – $245,838 from Waugh Excavating Inc. of Crown City and $255,780 from LEB Contracting of East Palestine – were less than the estimate.

The bids were referred to the county engineer’s office for review and for a recommendation.

The project was first bid more than 16 months ago, when the estimated cost was $199,000, but commissioners were forced to reject all six bids received at that time because they exceeded the estimate by more than 10 percent. The lowest bid received at that time was $242,238.

Commissioners only agreed to take on the project after 17 of the 25 affected households agreed to pay an assessment to help fund installation.

The township trustees have $84,000 obtained from the state to put toward the project, with the city of Salem agreeing to loan the township the rest of the money since the sewer lines will become part of Salem’s system when installation is completed. The assessment to be charged households to help repay Salem is expected to exceed $6,000.

Unlike projects mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, participation in this project was strictly voluntary and it was the residents who approached the trustees about obtaining sanitary sewer service to replace their individual septic systems.