Warren awards contract for Elm Road demolition

The district will also save money on workers' compensation premiums.
WARREN -- The city school board has awarded the contract for demolition of the Elm Road properties, despite concerns about the excavation company's responsibility.
Three board members approved awarding the contract to M & amp;M Excavating Inc. of Vienna. Board president Linda Metzendorf dissented; vice-president Nedra Bowen was on vacation.
M & amp;M Excavating previously dumped illegally when it demolished three schools; they cleaned up and received clearance from the health department.
Metzendorf said she is not confident in the company.
"I was disgusted. They were hired to demolish the Dickey, Roosevelt and McKinley schools, and they knew the rules and chose to violate them. I'm not confident in them," she said.
Board member Lynn Gibson expressed reservations before awarding the contract.
"I think in lieu of the fact we had some problems last time, we need some reassurance they will be dumping where they're supposed to," she said.
Board member Robert L. Faulkner Sr. said he thinks the company can be depended on this time.
"In view of all the things that happened last time, it cost them money and I would think he'd do it right this time," he said.
The board also authorized participation in the Bureau of Workers' Compensation Premium Discount Program "Group II." The Premium Discount Program helps penalty-rated employers establish a safe and more cost-effective workplace. The program has potential to save the district 30 percent of Workers' Compensation premium payments over a four-year period.
Ohio School Boards Association has engaged Gates McDonald Company to provide consulting services for program participants.
"This will save us some money," said treasurer Phillip Butto IV.

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