By Jean Shanley
Dec 26, 2017
CONNEAUT LAKE — Plans are for construction on the Conneaut Lake revitalization project to start when the weather breaks in the spring after seven bids were opened recently at the Crawford County Planning Commission office.
The first opening was two bids for the Water Street project. The lowest bid was from M and D Services at $970,000.
The second project — Fireman’s Beach — had five bids. The lowest bid was from Terra Works at $741,476.
Zach Powell, assistant planning director for the county Planning Commission, said bids were under budget. He expects contracts to be awarded at the Jan. 2 meeting of Conneaut Lake Borough Council after all bids are reviewed.
Bill Eldridge, chairman of the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee and a member of Borough Council, said he is optimistic that work can begin in the spring.
The only other contracts still out for bid are for engineering services with bids due by Friday.
Eldridge noted that M and D Services also was the lowest bid on another contract for the Water Street project.
The multimillion dollar project will make improvements to Water Street and Fireman’s Beach. The borough has received more than $3 million in grants and private donations for the projects.
When all the contracts have been awarded, a town hall meeting will be held to explain the entire process and its ramifications to borough residents and property owners.