Bids have been received on the village of Barnesville's wastewater treatment plant expansion project and a short list of engineering firms has been made for the East Ohio Regional Industrial Park water and sewer line project.

At the Oct. 26 meeting, Village Administrator Roger Deal informed Barnesville Village Council members that bids were received Oct. 8 for the wastewater treatment plant expansion project. The three lowest bids were from Downing Construction Company, Inc. for $2,355,035 for general contract work; Flickinger Piping Company, Inc. for mechanical work for $152, 366 and Claypool Electric, Inc. for electrical work for $373,000. Deal said the three bids total $2,880,401, which is $42,701 dollars over the estimated cost.

Council authorized resolution #3425 to accept those bids. The authorization of a resolution was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The project itself is also EPA-mandated.

Deal noted that the village had worked with the Downing Company twice before. He said all three firms were approved by the Poggemeyer Design Group.

Deal also updated council on the industrial park project. He said a short list of four engineering firms has been made by members of the committee who include council members, Warren Township trustees, Port Authority Director Larry Merry and the Belmont County commissioners. Deal said interviews of those engineering firms will begin Friday, Nov. 6. He said the process with be a lengthy one.

Deal also reported that a 14-street paving project has been set back another week. He said the contractor, Shelley and Sands, Inc. of Rayland, said it will not be able to start the project until the first week of November.

Deal said the paving project delay also pushes back the start of an alley repair project near the Ohio Street-Warren Avenue area. Grindings from the paving project are to be used for the alley project. In the meantime, the village is repairing what alleys it can with oil.

The paving project has been delayed several times and Deal said he is worried it won't be completed before the weather gets too bad, which would delay the project until next spring.

The $194,791.80 bid from Shelly and Sands, Inc., was the lowest of four bids received for the project. The project is funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant, which requires about a 26 percent match from the village. It will include the repaving of a portion, if not all, of the village's 14 streets.

Deal said he spoke with someone from the OPWC and was assured that delay of the project, even until next year, would not affect funding.

In other street news, council voted to purchase a street sweeper to replace the 2002 model they are now using.

The village has been offered an additional $2,500 for the trade-in value of that sweeper, which now totals $32,500. The cost for the new sweeper is $128,563. Deal said he has been told by Southeastern Equipment, the company selling the street sweeper, that its cost is expected to increase by $14,000 as early as Nov. 1. Deal said the price of that equipment is set by the state.

Deal said the previous street sweeper was chosen because it was the cheapest even though it was designed for flat surfaces and its capabilities were never up to par.

Councilman Brad Hudson said the new street sweeper can clean a street in two passes compared to eight passes from the old sweeper, which is estimated to save the village three to four weeks in labor. The new street sweeper will also require fewer employees to operate it, freeing workers to complete other duties.

Council passed a motion to purchase the street sweeper, contingent on financing. Members of the finance committee will then work out the details of how to pay for it and present those options at a later meeting.

Council authorized Deal to advertise for bulk chemical bids for use at the water treatment plant next year. Deal said the chemicals typically cost $130,000.

Fiscal officer Amy Jackson informed council that four village employees -- two from the fire department, 0ne from the emergency squad and one auxiliary police officer -- did not attend a recent Drug Free Work Place training.

Council discussed setting the training dates earlier, offering a weekend class, finding a closer instructor and allowing those who miss Barnesville's to make up the class at another location.

Fire Chief Bob Smith asked council to approve Dustin Roe to the fire department and the e-squad on a one-year probationary period. Smith also needed two people who were added to the e-squad at a previous meeting to the fire department. The requests were approved.

Smith also reported that the emergency squad received a $1,000 grant from the Barnesville Eagles for resuscitation equipment and the fire department received a $2,000 grant from the Ohio Firefighter's Association for Power Point equipment. He said the grants were at no cost to the village.

Smith also said that the house on North Broadway Street was recently removed.

The Mayor's Court receipts for September totaled $4,275.

Police Chief David Norris updated council on progress toward developing the position of a School Resource Officer to be shared with the Barnesville School District. Norris said he met with Superintendent Randy Lucas who discussed it with the board of education. Norris said the district is waiting until after the treasurer submits the five-year financial forecast. Norris said the board will review the budget in November.

Council President Dale Bunting said several projects, including a community bulletin board to be erected by the chamber at the corner of East Main and Arch streets, were approved by the Architectural Review Board.

Barnesville Council will meet Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the village building.