The Stark County commissioners awarded the contract to widen the Whipple Avenue NW and Everhard Road NW to Wenger Excavating of Dalton.

Stark County commissioners

Wednesday meeting

KEY ACTION: Awarded the contract to expand the intersection of Whipple Avenue NW and Everhard Road NW between Jackson Township and Plain Township to Wenger Excavating of Dalton for $7.89 million.

DISCUSSION: S.E.T. of Lowellville was the second-place bidder, $37,034 higher than Wenger's.

Stark County Administrator Brant Luther said while Wenger's bid was slightly higher than the county engineer's cost estimate, it complies with the legal requirement to be less than 10 percent above that estimate. Wenger is expected to start work around mid-May, which will lead to lane closures on Whipple Avenue NW this year to make space for a new center turn lane.

Eventually, other parts of the intersection will be expanded to add turn lanes, new curbs and drainage systems. After early August, a culvert on Whipple will be replaced, leading to a total closure of a stretch of Whipple north of Everhard for two weeks. Wenger will also replace a culvert on Everhard in 2019, leading to an expected 60-day closure next year of a stretch of Everhard Road NW just east of the Venue shopping plaza. Federal and state funding is covering the vast majority of the cost.


• Awarded the project to replace or install guardrails on the approaches to 12 county bridges to Shook Company at a cost of $211,244 with $200,000 to be covered by federal funds.

• Exercised the third one-year option to extend the contract for Midwest Presort Mailing Services to process mail for Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, about 292,556 piece of mail a year. The contract extension will run from June 1 to May 31, 2019, for no more than $5,000.

• Appointed Chris Nichols, Stark County director of management and budget, to represent the commissioners on the board of Visit Canton, which is also the Stark County Convention and Visitors' Bureau. He replaces Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, who stepped down.

• Approved reimbursing the owners of a property on Cottingham Circle in Lake Township for $3,629 in damages suffered due to a sewer backup in February. The county's Sanitary Engineer's office said a county collector sewer backed up downstream from the home due to roots.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in order to receive a one-time grant of $980,501 to help offset the county's costs in following a state mandate to hold several non-violent felony offenders in the Stark County Jail rather than sending them to state prison.

• Received notification that Canton wishes to annex 3.3642 acres known as the 77 Gullivers/2414 Faircrest St. SW property from Canton Township under the expedited annexation law.

• Approved the expedited annexation of the One Richmond Avenue property from Plain Township to Canton.

• Approved the annexation of 25 residential properties owned by 23 owners around the Pro Football Hall of Fame from Plain Township to Canton as part of the Hall of Fame Village project. While the annexation results in one property in Plain Township being surrounded by Canton, the commissioners approved it because it's expected that property will be eventually annexed into Canton. Plain Township did not file an objection.

UP NEXT: Meets Tuesday for a work session and will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for weekly meeting at the Stark County Office Building in Central Plaza in Canton.

- Robert Wang