(Posted Aug. 28, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Improvement projects for two Madison County villages are on hold following bid openings at the Aug. 27 county commissioners meeting.
The village of Midway is looking to install a tornado siren and two new cisterns for fire protection. No bids were submitted for the project, which is estimated to cost $100,000.
Midway received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds last year to help pay for the siren, cisterns and several other projects. CDBG funds are administered through the Ohio Office of Community Development and go toward improvements that benefit low- to moderate-income populations.
Whitaker Wright of CDC of Ohio, the county’s CDBG coordinator, said he will talk to the engineering firm that set the specs for the siren and cisterns project to figure out what to do next. The work will go back out to bid in some form, he said.
Midway’s other CDBG projects include drainage improvements on State Route 38 and installation of a walking path and handicap-compliant parking at the village park. Those projects should go out to bid in January, Wright said. Originally, they were supposed to go out to bid this summer, but the Ohio Department of Transportation is doing work on Route 38 that will alter the sidewalk project. Wright added that the drainage and walking path projects “simply take longer the design.”
Also on hold is a project in the village of South Solon. The county received CDBG funding to tear down two vacant houses–one on High Street where a fire caused the second floor to collapse and one on Main Street that has been vandalized and presents a safety concern with an old cistern on the property.
Engineers estimated the cost to tear down the houses to be $19,700. The county received one bid for the project. A company out of Urbana quoted $21,722. The county cannot accept a bid that is more than 10 percent over the estimate. The Urbana company’s bid overshot that limit by $52. By law, the project must go back out to bid which should happen in the next couple of weeks, Wright said.