New resolution approved on contractors

A local trade organization says the measure will help the economy.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday supporting a measure currently in the Ohio House of Representatives on standards for contractors working on publicly funded projects.
Members of a local building construction and trades group urged the commissioners to pass the measure, which would require contractors working on public projects to prove their compliance with workers' compensation, wage and hour and other labor-related laws.
Protecting employees
Commissioners were already in sympathy with that position, they said Thursday.
"It's a good measure, a good way to protect citizen employees," commissioner John McNally said, citing the large number of contractors in the Mahoning Valley working on public projects such as the new civic center and school construction and renovation.
"I think for the most part, contractors in the Mahoning Valley are already in compliance. But lending our support is a small way to help out."
Representatives of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council said the measure would help improve the economy by encouraging skilled workers in construction to seek work locally.
Commissioners also heard a report from county sanitary engineer Joe Warino on bids for about $12.5 million in water and sewer projects in Milton Township.
Bids were received on five of six sewer projects last week and bids were opened on four water projects Wednesday, he said.
"We were disappointed that all the [sewer] projects didn't receive a bid," he said.
Other business
In other action, the commissioners:
* Approved several recycling-related measures, including an agreement for $24,000 with Fast Signs to furnish decals and murals on the collection bins at the city's recycling centers.
* Approved an agreement with Grace Services Inc. for $3,625 for vegetation control.
* Awarded lead hazard control work to eliminate and or reduce lead hazards at 13715 Ellett Road to Gary Crim Inc. at a low bid of $25,620.

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