Commission Picks Firm for Public Safety Building Project

The Marshall County Commission will be able to write a check for phase two of the Marshall County Public Safety Building project in the former Jozabeth’s building.

A bid in the amount of $7.04 million was awarded to Nello Construction of Canonsburg, Pa., for the second of three phases of the project at a special commission meeting Friday.

“We will not be financing this project, as we have the money in the bank,” said Commission President Donald Mason. “We have been budgeting money for the project for several years not knowing how much it was going to cost.”

Mason said the county has $9 million in its special building and stabilization funds, and another $1 million in a stabilization fund that came from the county’s end-of-fiscal-year carryover money.

County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said commissioners began budgeting money in the two funds about seven years ago.

Three firms submitted bids for the renovation of the former Jozabeth Building across the street from the courthouse.

Tom Potts of Silling & Associates, the firm contracted by the commissioners to assist with the project, reviewed the bids and recommended the commissioners award the bid to Nello Construction, the low bidder.

He hopes the county can issue a notice to proceed by the first week of September, and the project is expected to take less than a year to complete.

In addition to the renovation of the 20,000 square foot interior, other work in this phase will include a secured entryway for the sheriff’s department and parking areas.

Mason and Commissioner Brian Schambach were in attendance at Friday’s meeting, while Commissioner Bob Miller cast his vote via telephone due to a medical issue.