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Salt bin construction delayed again

UNION TOWNSHIP- Needless to say, it’s frustrating.

Union Township Trustee President Rick Black said the township’s plans for a new salt bin were delayed yet again when trustees were forced to reject all of Thuasday’s bids from contractors. “This has been really interesting,” said Black, referring to the process of building a new 40’ by 60’ salt bin, which continues to face one hurdle after another. The project is estimated to cost up to $95,000.

This time, the trustees discovered a very recent change in the Ohio Revised Code whereby any project under $200,000 is not required to bid prevailing wage. “We weren’t aware of this,” said Black, adding that the project will be re-bid and the new deadline for accepting bids is Feb. 14. He said the trustees would award the bid during the following trustees meeting Feb. 18.

Black said the township received 11 bids for the salt bin project. “We were pleased to get that many,” he said, although he said he only recognized one of the contractors. “Hopefully, we’ll get better bids this time,” said Black.

Trustees first discussed building a new salt bin at the Union Township Complex months ago, but what seemed like a simple construction project has met with a startling number of roadblocks, mainly involving unanticipated government regulations.

Trustee John Slater said previously one of the reasons trustees decided to build a new salt bin is because so much salt remains from last year’s unusually mild winter. He said the township’s current salt bin is full and a farmer is storing the rest until a new bin is ready.

In other township news:

• Black said Monday night trustees discussed what could be done with township equipment that’s not used very often or is too old and worn to be useful. They did not reach a conclusion during Monday night’s trustees meeting.

Administrator Paula Greene said the trustees are considering purchasing or leasing one or two mowers for the upcoming season.

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