The Dayspring Facility

Dayspring Assisted Living and Care Facility is located at 3220 Olivesburg Road, on a 226-acre property, six miles north of Mansfield.  (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners on Thursday awarded a $340,000 construction contract to a Monroeville company to build a nursing addition at Dayspring.

The award to Tusing Builders and Roofing Services came on the recommendation of Mansfield architect Dan Seckel, who reviewed two bids submitted for the project at the county's assisted living center.

The other bid was submitted by Adena Corp. of Mansfield at $381,564. Seckel's estimate for the work was $315,000, making the Tusing bid eligible under state law as less than 10 percent greater than the estimate.

The addition will be largely funded by a $250,000 CARES Act grant through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, according to Dayspring Executive Director Michelle Swank.

The remaining 26 percent of the cost will be paid by Dayspring, Swank said, who said the COVID-19 pandemic revealed a need for such a space.

The new addition will be 20-by-30 feet in size. It will include an isolation room with a dedicated bathroom and controlled access through the nurse's station. There will also be a room to provide space for video and teleconferences, lab draws and other treatments, Swank said.

She said the work will be completed by the end of 2022.

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Dayspring currently has 47 residents and a waiting list of 12 currently being screened for admission. The facility is located at 3220 Olivesburg Road on a 226-acre property six miles north of Mansfield. 

Also on Tuesday, commissioners:

-- approved a new three-year contract for supervisors in the Richland County Sheriff's Office. The new deal, retroactive for Jan. 1, provides annual pay increases of 5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent through the end of 2024.

The vote came after an executive session with Sheriff Steve Sheldon, Capt. Jim Sweat and Kelly Anne Christiansen, the county's human resources director. The increases match those given to deputies in their new contract, which covers the same time period.  The contract with deputies was completed in December 2021.

County commissioners

Rachel Troyer, Richland County's central services coordinator, and county Administrator Andrew Keller meet with county commissioners on Thursday morning.

-- approved the one-year renewal of a contract with Friendly Wholesale of Wooster to provide janitorial products to the county. Rachel Troyer, the county's central services coordinator, said prices had gone up, but were within increases allowed under the contract. The contract must be re-bid in 2023, according to Troyer.

-- approved the appointment of Donna Hight to the Richland County Transit Board. She will finish the term of Leona Smith, which expires at the end of 2023. Hight is an assistant dean of student life/student success at OSU-Mansfield.

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