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Commissioners award bids, thank EMA personnel, volunteers

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners awarded bids for line striping and bridge materials and awarded thanks to emergency management agency personnel and volunteers during a brief meeting Wednesday.

EMA Director Peggy Clark and Deputy Director Brian Rutledge attended the meeting at the request of Commissioner Tim Weigle.

“Thank you both for all the hard work you did in the drill, all the volunteers, Pete Hill. Good job and good report,” Weigle said.

He was referring to the results of the recent biennial emergency response drill for emergency responders to practice what to do in case of an issue at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport. The southern part of the county is within the 10-mile emergency response radius for the plant.

The county received a good report about the drill. Hill works for the state but is headquartered at the EMA in Lisbon.

Weigle also mentioned some of the longtime volunteers who offered a wealth of knowledge during the drill.

Clark thanked the commissioners for their continued support. Commissioner Roy Paparodis said the work everyone did at the EMA Emergency Operations Center was “very impressive.”

In other business, Pete Conkle of the Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District, invited commissioners to attend a pair of upcoming events. A program about rain barrels was held Thursday night at the Lepper Library in Lisbon.

The other program, a pasture walk, is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 23 at the Conkle Family Farm on Gavers Road, Hanoverton, regarding the practice of grazing related to cattle.

The commissioners awarded the contract for line striping to Aero-Mark Company for $422,606. Contracts for bridge materials went to U.S. Bridge in Cambridge for $158,748 for structural steel and $43,691 for bolt-down corrugated steel flooring and Ohio Gratings, Inc. in Canton for $46,437 for open steel grid flooring. The bids were sought for materials for bridge rehabilitation projects on McCormick Run Road in Yellow Creek Township and Kurtz Road and Stump Road, both in West Township.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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