Company protesting bid award

WARREN – A company in Painesville that submitted the lowest bid to build a new emergency operations center for Trumbull County is protesting county commissioners’ decision to reject the proposal.

Lakeland Management Systems Inc. is asking commissioners to reverse their decision and award it the contract, rather than the Murphy Contracting Co. Inc. of Youngstown, which provided a slightly higher proposal.

Lakeland submitted a $2.29 million bid, and The Murphy Contracting Co. bidded $2.32 million.

The protest hearing will be held today during the commissioners’ regular weekly general meeting at 10:30 a.m. in their fifth-floor meeting room in the County Administration Building, 160 High St. N.W.

The new building on property on North River Road near the county Engineer’s Office will let the county’s Emergency Management Agency move from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna and provide space for other county offices and for some storage.

A good portion of the funding to construct the building is from a $748,000 federal grant. The rest, including about $200,000 Trumbull County needed to match to receive the grant, is coming from a bond.

Nine other companies submitted bids for the project. Lakeland’s and Murphy Contracting’s bids were the two lowest.