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MILLERSBURG -- Seven bids, ranging from $2.59 million to $1.885 million to be the general contractor of the proposed multi-purpose exposition center at Harvest Ridge were submitted and opened at the January Holmes County Agricultural Society meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Ivan Weaver Construction of Fredericksburg, the same company that served as main contractor for the Humrichouser livestock building, presented the low bid of $1,885,088. The pre-construction estimate of the project by the engineer was $2.3 million.
"I'd like to say I'm extremely happy with the apparent low-bidder's number," Taylor said. "The engineer's estimate was $2.3 million for the entire project, so to get a bid that's several hundred thousand under that is really good.
"Obviously, everybody was happy with the job that Ivan Weaver did on the livestock building, so assuming the bid is in order and the funding sources are all in place to go ahead and enter into a contract."
No action was taken by the board, as the bids had to be evaluated by the board, and awarded at a later date.
"I'm sure there will be a lot more information at next month's meeting," Taylor added. "We'd like to award the contract very soon and give them permission to start as soon as weather permits. Knowing, that could be April 1, depending upon what happens over the next few months."
Taylor said he has spoke with East Central Ohio Building Authority (ECOBA) about requirements for temporary occupancy of the building in order to have the auction and shows in the new building at the fair.
"There is probably no way the building could be completed by our fair time," Taylor said. "It's written into the bid specs that there will be no construction without permission, a couple days ahead of the fair through that week.
"Once the steel structure is up, they can concrete the floor," he continued. "We will have to have a fire watch in there, 24-7 during the fair, to be in there with that specific duty."
So much depends upon how much gets done and if ECOBA grants temporary occupancy.
In other action, a motion to rename the Tuesday night tractor pull to the Brad Giauque Memorial Truck & Tractor Pull was brought up and passed unanimously.
Giauque, a former board member and Holmes County farmer, died Jan. 6 after a long battle with cancer.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.