KovachJoseph B. Kovach, P.E.,P.S.
Huron County Engineer

150 Jefferson Street
Norwalk, OH 44857
(voice)419-668-1997 (fax)419-668-8308
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Notice is hereby given that separate, sealed bids will be received by the Board of Commissioners, Huron County, Ohio at the OFFICE OF THE HURON COMMISSIONERS, 180 Milan Ave, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 on Friday, April 4thth, 2014 at the time specified. when bids will be opened publicly and read aloud at 10: 15 a.m.  for the supply , haul and placement of various materials:  and at 10:30 a.m. for Redi-mix concrete and  at 10:45 a.m. for Prestressed concrete bridge beams.

Bids must be made on Standard Proposal Form in the manner designated therein and must be enclosed in a sealed envelope, bearing the name and address of the bidder and the name of the item bid on the outside of the envelope.

Bids may be hand delivered, at the place specified above on or before the hour named.  The County will not assume responsibility for bids forwarded by mail and no bid will be accepted after the hour specified.  Consideration of the bid may be reserved for a period of time before award of contract is made. These efforts are funded, in part, with funding from Ohio Public Works Commission.

Bids will be subject to the Specifications, General Requirements and the General Terms and Conditions set forth by the County Engineer for bidding, which are on file at the Office of the Huron County Engineer, 150 Jefferson Street, Norwalk, Ohio.  Plans and specifications may be obtained in person and exclusively at the Office of the County Engineer. 

Each bidder is required to furnish with its proposal, a Bid Guarantee and Contact Bond in accordance with Section 153.571 and 153.57 of the Ohio Revised Codes.  Bid security furnished in Bond Form, shall be issued by a Surety Company or Corporation licensed in the State of Ohio to provide said surety.

The successful bidder shall give proof of carriage of insurance known as Public Liability and Property Damage Insurance in the minimum amounts as set forth, wherein the County shall be named as “additional insured ”. The successful bidder shall be required to give proof of compliance with the Workmen’s Compensations Act of the State of Ohio.

All contractors and subcontractors involved with the project will, to the extent practicable use Ohio products, materials, services and labor in the implementation of their Bid.  Additionally, contractor compliance with the equal employment opportunity requirements of Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 123, the Governor’s Executive Order of 1972, and Governor’s Executive Order 84-9 shall be required.  Bidders must comply with the prevailing wage rates on public improvements in Huron County as determined by the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations.

Failure to complete the work within the time specified in the proposal may be cause for liquidated damages to be deducted by the County in accordance with the schedule listed in Section 108.07 of the State of Ohio Department of Highways specifications.

Each proposal must contain the full name of the bidders and all interested parties.  Each bidder must submit evidence of its experience on similar successful bidding of  similar size and complexity.

Before a contract is awarded, the Board may require that a financial statement and a statement of equipment owned by the contractor to be filed with them for the County’s consideration and review.

Bidders are required to comply with all requirements of applicable laws of the State of Ohio.  The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities or informalities in the bidding and to award the bid or bids on the basis of the lowest, best, or most responsive bid or bids as it deems to be in the best interest of the County. This advertisement may also be found on the Commissioners website at www.hccommissioners.com

By Order of: Board of Commissioners, Huron County, Ohio                                            



Don't Crowd The Plow


County Engineer, Joe Kovach reminds motorists, Please...Don’t Crowd the Plow.




As the men and women of the Huron County Highway Department work with Township and village snow plow crews to clear the almost eight hundred miles of Huron County’s rural roadways this winter, residents are reminded snow removal crews have seen a number of crashes involving motorists running into snowplow trucks.  




Often these snow bound accidents are the result of motorists hitting snow removal vehicles from behind as passenger car operators learn how quickly a 25 ton snow plow can stop when aided by ten massive snow tires.




Motorists are urged to give snowplows plenty of room to work.         




Kovach reminds motorists, “Our big orange snow plows are often required to make sudden stops due to road conditions”.  Usually these big trucks are traveling at a much slower speed as they work to clear the county’s highways.  It is not unusual for these tandem axle behemoths to need to make split second maneuvers when approaching approach bridges and overpasses.  




The County Engineer also noted, “When the snow fleet is out spreading anti-icing salt, it is especially important for motorists to stay back 50 to 100 feet behind the plow trucks”. Salt coming from the truck may distract some drivers following too closely, while chunks of the road salt may be discharged with the possibility of causing vehicle damage for those to close for safe travel.




In the end, Ohioans know spring is just around the corner. If, while everyone dreams of warmer weather, motorists can all just have a little patience, behind the wheel; If drivers can share the road with those doing their best to clear the way for Huron County’s school busses, safety forces, business traffic and area motorists, citizens will be able to  get through this winter safely.




Welcome to winter in Northern Ohio. Please drive carefully.




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