Commissioners take bids and move forward with county projects

The Warren County Commissioners opened bids for a couple projects and signed off on documentation for another during Monday’s work session.

One bid was received for slate roof repairs at the Warren County Courthouse.

Chief Clerk Pam Matve said the bid came from The Durable Slate Company, a Columbus, Ohio firm.

Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said the work would be reconstruction to the roof over the Main Courtroom.

Reading from the bid, which was for a total of $330,650 plus an additional 140 per slate and $75 per square foot of deteriorated wood decking that may be needed above the bid price.

That was the only bid received for the project.

Two bids were received for a stormwater management project in Bear Lake.

Grants Administrator Lorri Dunlap said that the estimate on the project was approximately $170,000 and Kafferlin noted both bids were $30,000 to $60,000 over that estimate.

Kafferlin asked whether there are Community Development Block Grant funds that could cover the difference.

“Possibly,” Dunlap said. “(I) will have to take a look at it and see what we have.”

She noted that there were funds set aside to pave the street after the project is completed that could be tapped into.

The county also signed off on a grant amendment that will bring an increase in a funding stream that is utilized to train emergency responders to handle hazardous materials.

Kafferlin said that the state Department of Community and Economic Development sent the county a contract for a grant award of $60,000 “which will go toward replacement of (the county’s) fiscal software.”

He said that the Early Intervention Program report last year identified that item “as one of our weaknesses” and said the state will be reimbursing 90 percent of the cost “as we had hoped,” describing it as a “big win for the county.”

Kafferlin noted the replacement could be completed by the end of the year.

“Because of the timeline on this,” he said, “We need to sign it today and get it back.”

“I was very, very happy with that,” Dunlap said.