Bid opening held for County Tornado Sirens Contract

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ZANESVILLE – A bid opening was held for the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency’s annual tornado sirens contract.

The bid opening was conducted outside of the Muskingum County Courthouse on Thursday morning.

The EMA received three bids from contractors which they will review.

Director Jeff Jadwin said he will get back to the County Commissioner’s as early as next week to select which contractor will be responsible for servicing the sirens.

“I’d be confident in any one of the three being able to service the sirens as needed. They’re all reputable businesses and have all had a long standing in the community so that’s not a problem,” Jadwin said.

One of the bidders is Commercial Electronics, which is the current contractor for the sirens. The other two bidders are J.D. Johnson Sales and Service and also Bearcom.

Since testing for the sirens started again this month, all but one has been fully functional. That siren is located at the Zanesville Water Treatment plant.

This siren will be moved to the top of a nearby pole on the same property.

“The move; the city is probably going to pay for part of that. They’re going to help with the installation of the pole and all of that stuff,” Jadwin said.

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