Richland County Juvenile Court

A construction project is planned to enclose for security reasons the open air canopy at Richland County Juvenile Court, 411 S. Diamond St., in Mansfield. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- A Shelby construction company has submitted the apparent low bid for a project to enclose for security reasons the open canopy at the Richland County Juvenile Court entrance.

Richland County commissioners opened three bids for the project Thursday.

James P. Finnegan Construction Inc., 5224 Settlement East Road, submitted the low bid at $98,400.

Other bids came from Adena Corp. of Mansfield at $106,880 and Weithman Brothers of Galion at $114,390. Architect Dan Seckel had estimated the project at $104,000.

Seckel said he would talk with Finnegan officials and get a letter of recommendation to commissioners, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

"The project is to simply enclose that canopy as a  permanent structure and the purpose is for security screening," Seckel said.

The project, requested by court officials, will allow for a metal detector scanner and table to be placed at the entrance. The court obtained a grant for the security equipment and the construction work will be paid from the county's capital improvement funds.

Seckel said some concrete work would be needed and that a completion date is dependent upon the winter weather. He said a temporary entrance would be created during the process at the 411 S. Diamond St. facility.

In other action Thursday, commissioners approved a "temporary traffic control in work zone" policy for the county's wastewater division.

The policy is in keeping with the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and is aimed at protecting county employees who may be working on or around roads, as well as motorists.

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