MOUNT VERNON — Canyon Construction of Fredericktown submitted the apparent low bid for the city’s Coshocton Avenue water line replacement project. Seven bids for the project were opened Tuesday.
Canyon bid $146,999 for the project. Other bids ranged from slightly more than $152,000 to more than $195,000.
Mayor Richard Mavis said the bids were something of a surprise, as it was expected that the company with the contract for the Coshocton Avenue widening project would likely be the low bidder since they would be able to coordinate the work with the widening project.
However, Park Enterprise Construction f Marion, the company that has the widening project contract with the state, submitted the $152,000 bid.
Mavis said the city does not anticipate that the contractor will have any trouble getting work done before the widening project goes forward.
Geoff Oliver, superintendent of Parks and Public Buildings, reported that the new handicapped picnic area at Memorial Park has been completed, as have the Babe Ruth field back stop extensions.
Oliver also asks that patrons using the ball field, tennis court and shelter house lighting remember to turn it off when they leave.
Due to the early spring weather, the department has already performed six clean-ups or mowing at abandoned properties this year.
And, in a sign that summer isn’t far away, the pool cleaning for the 2012 season starts next week.
The list of items that will be available for the annual city auction has been posted on the city’s Facebook page. It includes four cars with salvage titles, two cars with clear titles and various kinds of furniture and equipment.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. May 5 at the city’s impound lot.
City council Monday will vote on an ordinance for the sale, by sealed bids, of six additional vehicles. These include a 1999 Ford Explorer from the police department, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala from the parks department, a 2007 Impala from parks, a 2002 Impala from the fire department and two 1998 Chevrolet trucks (a pick-up and a box truck) from the water department.