On the record: Trumbull County

WHAT: County commissioners’ meeting Wednesday

WHO: Mauro Cantalamessa, Niki Frenchko and Frank Fuda


• Authorized the purchase by the engineer’s office of a used Coronado Freightliner for $49,000;

• Granted permission to the engineer to close Wakefield Creek Road between state Route 11 and Ridge Road through today for a culvert replacement;

• Adopted a resolution to proceed with the construction of contract K of the Blueprint Waterline Initiative project for the sanitary sewer district and the Braceville Township Public Water System in Southington, and to advertise for sealed bids for construction of the project;

• Accepted the substantial completion certification for the Swift Drive sanitary sewer improvement project in Vienna;

• Approved a change order with Rudzik Excavating Inc. of Struthers for the Swift Drive project, adding $64,824 to the project and bringing the total to $755,478. The contract came in $80,554 under the 2019 estimation, and the change order, caused by the cost to repair concrete and asphalt drives in a private easement where the sanitary sewer is located, will be paid for with grant and loan funds;

• Approved amendments to the by-laws of the Workforce Development Board;

• Awarded bids for youth employment services to Youthbuild-TMHA of Warren for $276,001 and Jobs For Ohio Graduates (JOG) of Akron for $376,915 after a request for proposals. The two were the only bids submitted;

• Named Paula Vivoda-Klotz as the clerk to the board of commissioners at a rate of $29.40 per hour in a 2-1 vote, with Frenchko casting the “no” vote;

• Named Lisa DeNunzio Blair as assistant clerk to the board of commissioners at $23.06 per hour in a 2-1 vote, with Frenchko casting the “no” vote;

• Approved the hiring of John Hickey as the director of the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency at $65,000 per year;

• Awarded agreements to Mirkin and Associates of Youngstown and Garwin Inc. of Hubbard to provide on-demand transit services for the general public, disabled people and people under 60 years old, until the allotted $49,999 in contract funds are depleted;

• Authorized the advertisement of sealed proposals to provide on-demand transit services for disabled people and people 60 or older beginning Nov. 1 and lasting approximately 12 months. There is $1.160 million available using senior levy funds, federal funds and funds from the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities;

• Approved documents to pay $110,554 for HVAC upgrades at the Job and Family Services building, 280 N. Park Ave., and the county jail for $65,470, awarding the contracts to Comfort Systems USA of Hamilton after a request for proposals;

• Sent a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Commerce for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and its “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” proposal;

• Awarded a $28,200 proposal to A and N Restaurant Equipment and Supplies of Warren for a blast chiller / shock freezer and electrical upgrades for the Trumbull Mobile Meals facility on East Market Street;

• Fuda and Cantalamessa did not second several motions Frenchko made to untable her proposals from the Sept. 9 meeting;

• Awarded a contract to Integrated Voting Systems of Berea to provide printed ballot pages for the Trumbull County Board of Elections for four elections through the 2023 primary, with a maximum cost per election of $50,400, for a total of $201,600, rejecting a bid from Midwest Direct of Cleveland;

• Approved the $32,100 contract between Lamar Companies of Girard and Job and Family Services for 60 outdoor displays;

• Discussed how to handle distributions of American Rescue Plan funds. Final guidelines still are needed before any decisions are made on how to use the funds. Commissioners are considering whether to host public meetings to hear ideas for uses of the funds, what type of ranking tool should be used to rate proposed uses of the funds and if a committee or consultant should help plan how to use the funds.

— Renee Fox


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