Chagrin Valley Times
Company receives bid approval
At their Tuesday meeting, the Geauga Park District Board of Commissioners awarded the 2018 aggregate stone material bid to Arms Trucking, which is owned by Commissioner Howard Bates, and Shelly Materials.
When the board began discussing the aggregate bids, Mr. Bates announced that he was the owner of Arms Trucking and later abstained from voting.
Executive Director John Oros stated that the bid was properly advertised in local papers and that the park district complied fully with the statutory requirement for the bidding process.
According to park documents, five companies picked up bid packets for the 2018 aggregate stone materials bids, including Osborne Concrete and Stone, the Shelly Company, Construction Journal, Building Exchange and Arms Trucking.
Arms Trucking picked up a bid packet on Jan. 16, 2018. Geauga County Probate Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell swore in Mr. Bates as a board member on Dec. 29, 2017 to replace Len Barker, who resigned to be the head baseball coach at Notre Dame College.
According to the documents, only Arms Trucking and the Shelly Company submitted bids on Jan. 25. Park Planner Annie Lynch wrote in a memo to Director of Planning and Operations Mark McCue that after reviewing the bid materials, Arms Trucking was the low bid for all materials except two types of limestone. She recommended that Arms Trucking be awarded the bid for everything except the limestone, which should be awarded to Shelly Company. Mr. McCue extended that recommendation to Mr. Oros in a memo dated Feb. 1.
Board President Andrej Lah and Board Vice President Jackie Dottore voted in favor of awarding the bids accordingly.
Park board changes meeting time
The next meeting of the Geauga Park District Board of Commissioners will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 13. The meeting will begin with an executive session.