County Board of Health OKs septic tank work

LISBON – The Columbiana County Board of Health on Wednesday awarded $151,162 in contracts to companies which bid on septic tank replacement jobs throughout the county.

The Home Sewage Treatment Improvement Program, which is being funded through the Water Pollution Control Loan Funding (WPCLF) by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will solve septic issues for 16 owner-occupied homes in the county. Depending on their income, some homeowners will be required to provide 15 percent of the project.

The 16 projects were broken down into eight groups, allowing many companies, including smaller contractors, a chance to bid on one or more projects. In all cases, the groups had three or more bids and the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder. County Health Commissioner Wesley Vins said all contractors were found to be qualified with no current compliance issues.

Following are the groups, the contractor and its bid:

– Two homes in Unity Township, Ridzon Excavating, $13,700.

– Properties in Hanover and Knox townships, ACT Excavating, $22,575.

– Properties in Wayne and Washington townships, ACT, $23,280.

– Properties in Unity and Salem townships, Ridzon, $15,350.

– Properties in Middleton and St. Clair townships, Windy Oaks, $15,600.

– Properties in East Liverpool and Wellsville, Huffman and Sons Excavating, $18,500.

– Properties in St. Clair and Madison Townships, Windy Oaks, $23,157.

– Properties in Yellow Creek and St. Clair townships, ACT Excavating, $19,000.

Because the board had $154,000 available and 15 percent of some of the projects will be provided by homeowners, Vins said there is a possibility for additional projects to be bid out. He told one contractor attending Wednesday’s meeting he believed they would be able to review the waiting list and the money still available and decide to finalize a list of additional projects for the next board meeting in June. At that point, the projects will be bid out.

Vins looks at the program as a good way to provide work to local contractors and help homeowners who would not normally have the funding available to repair or replace septics which are causing or potentially causing health problems for the residents or neighbors in the community.

In other matters before the board:

– A rabies clinic will be held at the county Career and Technical Center from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

– A free prostrate exam clinic is being planned for June 12. The health department will be taking appointments. More details will soon be available.