Contract to fix Greenway awarded

LISBON — A second round of bidding resulted in a more favorable price that will allow the Columbiana County Park District to proceed with repairing a section of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail.

The park board on Wednesday awarded the contract for the repair job to J.S. Bova Excavating of Struthers, which bid $244,255 — the lowest of the four bids received.

The board had to rebid the project after originally seeking bids last fall. Only one bid was received at that time for $283,906, which exceeded the engineer’s estimate of $225,000 by 25 percent. Government contracts in Ohio cannot be awarded if the lowest bid exceeds 10 percent of the estimate, and Bova’s bid was within the 10 percent threshhold, according to park board secretary Dee Buttermore.

Bova will repave a 1.5-mile section of the bicycle trail between Franklin Square and Leetonia in an area known as the wetlands. First paved in 2004 and 2005, this section has a numbers of areas that have heaved up and cracked over the years.

The paving work will begin as soon as possible, and the contract calls for it to be completed by June 1. “We’re just waiting for the weather to break,” Buttermore said.

The park district received a $142,860 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help pay for the project, with county commissioners contributing $25,000, and the park board picking up he rest.