The Jackson County Commissioners recently reviewed a total of 12 bids, which were submitted for the upcoming gymnasium demolition project in the Village of Coalton.

During the Tuesday morning, May 19 meeting, Community Development Consultants (CDC) of Ohio Senior Planner Whitaker Wright joined the commissioners via phone for the bid opening. As stated by Commissioner Ed Armstrong, once the bids were read, they were to be sent to Wright who will then ensure all necessary documentation is present prior to a contract being awarded.

Wright explained that the estimated cost for the project, which involves demolishing the only portion of the former Coalton School left standing, was $61,000. He added that the maximum bid allowable is that total plus 10 percent, or $67,100.

Of the bids submitted, prices ranged from as much as $125,000 to as low as $38,800. In the end, the low bidder was Harry Sutcliffe of Wellston. Once Wright reviews the bids and a contract is awarded, The Telegram will provide follow-up information on this matter.

In other business

* The commissioners approved Resolution 97-20, which pertains to the environmental review and certification for the general administration of the fair housing and planning PY 2020 Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program grant.

* Resolution 98-20, which accepts $30,000 in grant funding for the James A. Rhodes Airport through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was approved.

* Two temporary work permits were approved via Resolutions 99-20 and 100-20. Both requests involve installing catch basins in parking lots on County Road 28 (Sour Run Road.) in Coal Township in an effort to correct sinkhole issues.

* Resolution 101-20, which is a notice to proceed and notice of commencement for Scioto Valley Precast in the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) bridge replacement project, was approved.

* The commissioners adopted Resolution 102-20, which recognizes the 100th birthday of Jackson County resident Rosa McClaskey on May 22.

* The notice to proceed for the placement of a 1.5-mill, five-year replacement levy for the benefit of Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (JCEMS) on general election ballots this November was approved in the form of Resolution 103-20.