Commissioners Open Bids for Fairgrounds Improvement Project

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum County Commissioners have received two bids for waterline improvements at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. The existing waterline is around 50-years-old and cannot handle the volume that modern and future facilities demand.

Muskingum County ARPA Compliance Officer Eric Reed explains the project, the need for the improvements, and how the bidding went.

“Today we opened bids for a waterline extension at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds to provide a source of water to the Clean Face restroom, which is situated near all of the livestock buildings on the fairgrounds. So this waterline extension will supply a source of water to make that Clean Face building and bathroom/shower facility an operable place,” Reed said.

The waterline is part of a larger project that will eventually lead to new restrooms and shower facilities. 

Both bids submitted were within $800 of each other but well over the estimate, because they factored in the cost of materials that the county water department already has dedicated for the project.

“Right now we’re just reviewing the two local contractors who submitted bids,” Reed said. “Ultimately we’re trying to get this upgrade done before the fair. So timing is something we’ll take a look at. It’s why we put the bids under advisement today to have a discussion and we’ll award one in the near future.”

The fairgrounds are used throughout the year for various events and the upgrades will not only improve conditions for fair week activities but for visitors who may be part of other events the fairgrounds host.