Sat. 9:20 pm: Fuda worries over wastewater project

WARREN – Commissioner Frank Fuda, wary of another costly legal maneuver, raised questions last week about how two engineering firms successfully pooled their resources last year to be hired for design work of a $21 million wastewater project in Howland.

An interoffice memo from the Sanitary Engineer’s office shows Sanitary Engineer Randy Smith later ordered a new set of evaluations of candidates for the job, and a “team approach” picked the two firms with offices in Youngstown over a Painesville company that scored highest in the original evaluation.

Fuda asked the board to revisit the contract for possible rebidding.

Smith, however, said he was puzzled and angered by Fuda’s request since it was commissioners that signed off on his recommendations in the first place.

Read more about the sewer project controversy in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.