Extension office receives facility bids

Project will see construction of new building in Cadiz

CADIZ — The Harrison County Ohio State University Extension Office recently received bids for construction of its upcoming facility that will serve as a community hub space.

OSU Extension Educator Tim Tanner opened the bids for the additional excavation work project at Wednesday’s Harrison County Board of Commissioners meeting. Two bids were received, one from Stahl Excavating for $88,575 and the other from Kovarik Excavating and Hauling for $208,437.50, more than double the bid from Stahl.

The bids were tabled for further review.

Tanner said community meetings were held in February regarding the planned facility. The initial excavation will begin in July with the architect process to begin this fall. A facility groundbreaking will take place in the spring of 2020, he said.

Tanner said the project is officially underway now that bids have been received. The upcoming facility remains unnamed for the time being.

“For now, we’re calling it the OSU Extension Learning Center,” Tanner said.

The location that will hold the new learning center is an unused portion of the Harrison County Fairgrounds on about 6.7 acres, Tanner said, “essentially reclaiming the entire west side, which has turned to scrub brush over the years.

The new extension center will provide hands-on learning for the county and will feature both indoor and outdoor features. Major features will include an indoor fitness room, demonstration commercial kitchen, terrarium, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, OSU Extension and SWCD offices. Outdoor facility features will include community gardens, demonstration gardens, an apiary, horticulture zones and an edible forest, Tanner said.

The future learning center will be open seven days a week.

In other business, paving is taking place on County Road 55 and portions of County Road 2 and County Road 6 by Encino Energy. Harrison County Engineer Doug Bachman said the road will be down to one-lane traffic for the next few weeks.