By DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON - During a brief meeting Wednesday, Columbiana County Commissioners approved three new employees in Job and Family Services.
Director Eileen Dray-Barton explained the three entry level employees are replacing people who have either left or been promoted due to retirements. Two will work in the public assistance department and one will be joining the employees in Children Services.
Commissioners took the opportunity to welcome the new employees - Sherry Smith, Rebecca Kleinknecht and Maryanne Bartholomew. All three reside in the Lisbon area.
Commissioners also opened three bids for line painting on county and township roads this summer. The lowest of the three was Aero Mark of Streetsboro for $187,171, followed by Oglesby Construction of Louisville with a bid of $191,846. The highest bid was from A and A Safety of Amelia, $270,175.
Those bids will be forwarded to county Engineer Bert Dawson so he can review them.
In another project awarded recently, commissioners agreed to approve a recommendation to go with the second lowest bidder, Ohio Gratings Inc., instead of the lowest bidder, H.R. Evans Steel, which was initially awarded the bid to supply structural steel and open grid decking to be used for two bridge repair projects this summer.
H.R. Evans asked to withdraw its bid after discovering the company would be unable to provide open grid decking as originally promised, so the county engineer's office went to the second lowest bidder, which was Ohio Grating, at $27,492.
The bridges to be repaired with the materials are on Wayne Bridge Road in Center Township and Kettering Road in West Township.
Commissioners also approved a request to advertise for bids for repainting road lines on certain county roads.