Incomplete proposal for HVAC system discussed by county commissioners

Guernsey County commissioners on Monday met to discuss a bid received for the computer-controlled HVAC System to operate the heating and air conditioning systems at three county-owned properties in Cambridge.

The county recently received two proposals at a recent bid opening with those bids taken under advisement by commissioners and other county officials. 

Commissioner Dave Wilson said a third bid later submitted for the estimated $185,000 project was incomplete and did not meet the standard for the proposal.

“The bid basically didn’t include one-third of the project,” said Wilson. “We are now prepared to sign a resolution on Wednesday to award the contract for the project.”

Wilson said the company who submitted the late bid will be notified when the contract is awarded.

Commercial Facility Solutions of Westerville submitted a low bid of $161,222 for the project at the Guernsey County Courthouse and Administration Building on Wheeling Avenue, as well as the county sheriff’s office on Southgate Parkway.

A bid submitted by Control Concepts of Ohio LLC in Akron totaled $249,900.

Multiple other companies expressed interest in the project, but failed to submit bids.

In other business, commissioners appointed Guernsey County Engineer Paul Sherry as the county’s representative on the District 14 Public Works Integrating Committee.

Jeff McConaughy was appointed as the county’s alternate for the OPWC committee.

Sherry and McConaughy will serve three-year terms commencing Dec. 1, 2021.

District 14 of the Ohio Public Works Commission is charged with selecting projects to be funded through the OPWC.

The Ohio Public Works Commission administers projects from two major groups of projects including infrastructure funding for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater in addition to greenspace conservation and riparian restoration.

Finally Monday, commissioners signed a lease extension agreement with Kirkman Lighting for a storage facility on Bennett Avenue in Cambridge.

Commissioners previously agreed to extend the lease the county acquired with owner Ben Kirkman upon purchasing the building from the Guernsey County District Public Library.

Kirkman previously informed commissioners he is having difficulty finding someone to build a new building for his business prior to the Dec. 31 lease expiration. 

Kirkman will continue to pay a $300 monthly rent plus utilities.

Guernsey County commissioners meet each Monday and Wednesday in the County Administration Building at 627 Wheeling Ave. in downtown Cambridge. Call the office, 740-432-9200, for more information or to schedule a meeting.