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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County commissioners, Dec. 19 meeting

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  • KEY ACTION Approved an agreement with Info Tech of Florida for its electronic bidding system at no cost to the county.
    DISCUSSION  County officials have been talking since 2010 about using an Internet-based system when it seeks competitive bids for the engineer’s or sanitary engineer’s large construction projects. Some of the delay stemmed from questions of whether state law allowed counties to use online bidding.
    The Ohio Attorney General’s Office determined that a county could use online bidding as long as it also provided paper copies to interested companies. The Ohio Department of Transportation has used electronic bidding since 2004.
    Initially, the county was to be charged an annual fee for the service, but Info Tech’s has now waived that fee for the county. Contractors are charged a fee when they submit a bid through the electronic system.
    Engineer Keith Bennett believes the online system will help save money and staff time because his office can upload its project drawings and bid specifications to Info Tech’s web-based system rather than producing paper copies for each potential bidder.
    OTHER ACTION
    • Approved $31,145 worth of additional expenses for the nearly $1.5 million renovation of the former Frank T. Bow Federal Building. Expenses include the replacement of pigeon spikes, removing and reinstalling 22 exterior facade cast aluminum panels whose fasteners had deteriorated, additional thermostats and equipment for the building’s fire suppression system. The Stark County Public Defender’s Office, along with several court programs, is scheduled to move into the building Jan. 9.
    • Approved a contract with Designtek ONE of Chicago for its auto-agent software at no cost to the county. The Web-based software will allow mortgage companies, banks, lenders, title companies and others to more easily pay real-estate taxes on multiple parcels. The users will be assessed a fee for the bulk paying service.
    • Purchased a 2013 Chevy Impala police cruiser for $24,218 from Doug Chevrolet of Akron on behalf of the Avondale Community Improvement Association. The homeowner’s association, which contracts with a Stark County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy to patrol the Plain Township neighborhood, will pay the dealership for the cruiser. A letter from Sheriff Timothy Swanson said state law allows only a law enforcement agency or political subdivision to purchase the cruiser and its associated police equipment. Commissioners later will approve the transfer of the cruiser’s title to the association.
    • Closed three inactive funds that had been opened in 2001 for programs at the county jail and transferred the $55,281 that remained in the accounts to the general fund, which is the county’s main operating account.
    UP NEXT  Meet at 2 p.m. Friday in a closed-door session to interview candidates for the county facilities manager position. The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Stark County Office Building at 110 Central Plaza S in Canton.