1523.03 Contract for construction.

Immediately after the sale of the bonds authorized by section 1523.02 of the Revised Code and the payment of the proceeds thereof to the treasurer of state as provided in such section, the chief of the division of soil and water resources shall make a written contract for the construction of the improvements or for the making of additions to or alterations in existing improvements with the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, in accordance with section 9.312 of the Revised Code, after advertisements once a week for four consecutive weeks in one newspaper in each of the cities of Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati having a general circulation therein, one trade paper having a circulation among contractors engaged in the construction of public improvement work of like character, and two newspapers having a general circulation within the county in which the dam, reservoir, storage basin, or other improvement is located or is to be located.

All bids shall be filed with the chief, within the time fixed for the filing of such bids in the advertisement. The bids shall be opened and publicly read by the chief at twelve noon on the last day for filing them. Each bid shall contain the full names of every person or company interested in it, shall separately state the price of both the labor and material to be furnished under it, and shall meet the requirements of section 153.54 of the Revised Code.

The chief may reject any bids. If the chief rejects all bids, the chief shall within sixty days thereafter readvertise for bids for the construction of such improvements, as provided in this section, and may continue to readvertise for bids every sixty days until bids are received which are made to the chief's satisfaction and in conformity to sections 1523.01 to 1523.13 of the Revised Code.

The chief may award separate contracts to bidders for each part of the labor to be done or material to be furnished for the construction of such improvements, provided that the amount of the contract, if awarded as a whole, or the aggregate of the several contracts, if awarded separately, shall not, together with the cost of the land necessary for such improvements and the estimated damages to remaining property, be in excess of the estimated cost of the construction thereof, including such land and damages. Such contracts shall provide that all payments thereunder shall be made only from the proceeds of the sale of the bonds issued for the construction of such improvements. No contractor shall receive payment for any work or labor performed or material furnished for such improvements unless the contract therefor was, at the time of its execution, approved by the governor by the governor's written indorsement on such contract.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 03-04-1998