Commissioners moving forward with flooring project | Local News

JEFFERSON — Visitors to buildings in the county complex will soon see some changes.

The commissioners received bids for new flooring for the county complex in Jefferson.

One company submitted a bid on the project.

County Administrator Janet Discher said the scope of the project includes three buildings. In the courthouse, it would include new flooring in public hallways, the auditor’s office, the multipurpose room, the lobby in front of the Sheriff’s Office and in the domestic relations office, as well as new treads on the stairs. In the old courthouse, it would include all new flooring on the first, second and third floors, with the exception of the commissioners’ meeting room and the building department. The third building includes all of the adult probation office, the driver’s exam station, the public side of the counter in the title office.

Commissioner Kathryn Whittington was in favor of doing all of the included buildings.

“The carpet is in horrible shape, it’s becoming a liability,” she said.

Commissioner Casey Kozlowski agreed.

“This has been 30 years in the making, in some spaces,” he said.

Commissioner J.P. Ducro agreed as well.

Discher said the biggest cost is for labor to move furniture in and out of places.

In other business:

• The county received a letter of intent from Key Bank in Ashtabula, stating they intend to renew their lease for the Main Avenue location.

There is a year left on the current lease, Discher said.

The county recently purchased the building where the bank is located from the city of Ashtabula. The building will be used for the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court.

• The county will receive funds from an opioid lawsuit settlement.

Discher said she does not currently know the amount the county will receive, and will not until August.

• The board approved a resolution to purchase five pickup trucks for the Ashtabula County Department of Environmental Services.

The county will purchase five trucks from Montrose Ford, at a cost of $75,369.11 each, for a total cost of $376,845.70, according to the resolution.

The county received four bids from various car dealerships. Montrose narrowly beat out Greg Sweet Ford, with a submitted a price of $75,507 per truck.

The trucks will be paid for by the Department of Environmental Services’ water and sewer funds.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a 2024 Dodge Durango for $47,000 for the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

• The commissioners awarded the bid for the South River Road waterline extension to Klingensmith Construction of Conneaut, with a bid price of $620,593.55.

They also awarded a bid to Pollard Land Services for the Bishop Road waterline extension project, at a price of $385,817.

Kozlowski said he was pleased to see multiple bids being submitted for the projects.