Commissioners hear from Couch

David Couch, Superintendent of Perry County Developmental Disabilities (PCDD), and Caley Boyden update the commissioners on the construction progress of the new PCDD building.

NEW LEXINGTON — The first order of business for the Board of Perry County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled weekly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 was to hear bids for improvements in two Perry County communities. The Civic Center in Corning needs a new roof while Crooksville is in need of lighting for its parks and recreation facilities.

Nathan Simons and Trevor McLean from Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) opened the sealed bids for the Corning Civic Center project at 9:30 a.m. Three companies submitted bids that all fell into the awardable range set by the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG). The top end for the project was estimated at $220,000.

K & W Roofing from Pataskala submitted a bid of $211,811. G & M Construction of Zanesville submitted a bid of $199,000 while the Carl P. Johnson Co. of Logan bid $170,830. Commissioner Ben Carpenter thanked the three companies for their bids and told them that a decision would be made by the next board meeting set for Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Crooksville Parks & Recreation project drew two bids. The projected ceiling price set for the project was $49,500. Jess Howard Electric of Blacklick submitted a bid for $33,835.80. G & M Construction’s bid was $38,000. Carpenter said the board would have their decision on which bid to accept by the commissioners’ next meeting.

Following the bidding process for the community projects was a slide show presented by Eileen Leuby and William Murdoch from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission MORPHC. Perry County has been a MORPHC member since 2017. Leuby and Murdoch touched on many MORPHC projects ranging from broadband access for rural communities to refurbishing old computers from corporate donors, that can then be given to families in rural Ohio.

Next on the morning’s agenda was a report from David Couch, superintendent of Perry County Developmental Disabilities (PCDD), and Caley Boyden, employed on the construction project for the new PCDD building. Couch reported that the workmanship on the new building is outstanding, but the project is slightly behind schedule. Couch hopes the building will be fully operational by Christmas.

He announced that the facility will be named the Sarah A. Winters Building in honor of the former superintendent of PCDD. Winters held the position from 1994 to 2006, when Couch was named to succeed her.

The final guests on the public portion of the meeting prior to the commissioners moving into executive session were Rita Spicer, Director of the Perry County Emergency Management Agency, and Brian Veatch of Complete IT Solutions. Spicer detailed how Veatch corrected a serious flaw in her office email system.

The commissioners expressed an interest in using Complete IT Solutions on a job-by-job contract basis if a problem arose that could not be handled by Perry County IT personnel. Veatch was receptive to the idea and told the commissioners his rate was $85 an hour.

Following the presentation by Spicer and Veatch, the commissioners went into executive session with Roger Goodin, Trey Dykes, and Brian Eveland.

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