County engineer gets OK to pursue road projects

The Washington County Commissioners signed off on engineer Roger Wright’s application for two Ohio Public Works Commission projects Thursday.

Wright said the roads included are County 17 (Pleasant Ridge Road) off of Ohio 26 and County 59 near Cutler.

Wright said the commissioners had to sign off before the projects could be attempted.

“There’s a $400,000 grant we’re going after for each project,” he said. “The estimations of both local match funds, a little bit of loan and the grant, they both come out to around the $600,000 to $700,000 range. So we need to get a little bit of a loan on each one and it’s a period of 10- year payback over a zero percent interest. So it’s a good deal for the county and projects that we need to do.”

County 17 will see a standard paving project, while County 59 will have a base stabilization, which should make the road last longer.

“They are capital projects that should last much longer than the 10 year (life estimate of the asphalt),” said Commissioner David White.

The engineer also submitted a Road Use & Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) with Blue Racer Midstream for pipeline work and infrastructure. The roads include 10 miles of road in Aurelius Township, including: Gildon Hill Road, Lindamood Road, Dutton Hill Road, Buells Run Road, Cat’s Creek Road, Highland Ridge Road and Dixon Ridge Road.

“I expect more pipeline RUMAs,” said Wright.

In other business, bids were opened for the Washington County Home Boiler Project.

Keri Dunn, project and contract manager with Pickering Associates, oversaw the opening process. The bids were:

H&A Mechanical, Inc., of Baltimore, Ohio, came in at $87,000.

Morrison Inc. came in at $98,117.

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. came in at $145,245.

Pioneer Pipe also submitted a bid, but was missing several required materials.

Dunn suggested giving H&A the go-ahead on filing paperwork to begin the job and issuing a letter of intent to proceed with a contract.