Jefferson County commissioners awarded contracts for the Brilliant booster station and waterline improvement contract Thursday, even though one of the contracts exceeded the engineer's estimate.
Shannan Gosbin, county water and sewer department director, said the engineer's estimate for the project was $4.3 million for three separate contracts under the project. The three contracts as bid total $3.1 million.
Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan Point bid $673,000 for the construction of the booster station building. The engineer's estimate was $600,000 for that part of the project. Ohio-West Virginia Excavating's bid was more than 10 percent over the estimate.
Gosbin said Ohio law is clear the contract can be awarded because the total of the three contracts is less than the engineer's estimate.
She said the county prosecutor's office also agreed the contract can be awarded.
Commissioner Thomas Graham said he wants a written opinion from the prosecutor's office saying the contract for Ohio-West Virginia Excavating can be awarded. Commissioners approved the contract pending the opinion.
Fort Steuben Maintenance of Steubenville was awarded the contract for electrical work on the booster station building in the amount of $662,500.
Precision Pipeline of Lancaster was awarded the contract for the installation of waterlines in the amount of $1,768,078.
Gosbin said construction should start in January, with completion in about nine months.
A new pump house will be built in Brilliant and 24,000 feet of 10-inch waterlines will be installed from the pump station to the water tower in New Alexandria. Gosbin said the current pump station was intended to serve 450 customers, but now serves 1,200 customers.