New Waterford nets 6 bids for water project

NEW WATERFORD — The village received six sealed bids for Phase II of its multi-million dollar water distribution project in the community center on Tuesday.

Mayor Shane Patrone said the bids bids ranged from $2.6 million to $1.837 million on an engineer’s estimate of $2.1 million for the project.

There were three bids over $2 million and three bids around $1.8 million and J.S. Bova Excavating had the lowest bid, Patrone said while Marucci & Gaffney Excavating Co. of Youngstown, which won the bid on Phase I, had the second-lowest bid at $1.85 million.

The village has 8.6 miles of water lines that are being replaced which distribute treated ground water to approximately 500 customers, and Phase II will see the installation of 18,300 linear feet (3.46 miles) of those new lines.

Patrone said the criteria, contingent on Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approval, is to select the “lowest and best” bid.

Engineering Associates of Wooster will review the bids to make sure the specifications meet what the village wants.

“The engineers (Engineering Associates from Wooster) will do a cost evaluation regarding the lowest and the best bid,” Patrone said while explaining the bids have specific types of materials designated that are similar to what was used in Phase I.

He said they need things that are the same like meters and valves, so everything is uniform throughout and the same as in Phase I.

If everything works out, Patrone expects they can have a special meeting, possibly at 6 p.m. next Tuesday and take a vote on accepting Engineering Associates recommendation.

Once that is done, the village, which received just over $1 million in grant money from the Army Corps, hopes to begin Phase II in the spring.