From left, pictured are Highland County Land Reutilization Corporation board member Vickie Warnock, Land Bank Coordinator Mackenzie Edison, HCLRC board member Lauren Walker and Economic Development Director Julie Bolender. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
From left, pictured are Highland County Land Reutilization Corporation board member Vickie Warnock, Land Bank Coordinator Mackenzie Edison, HCLRC board member Lauren Walker and Economic Development Director Julie Bolender. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
During an emergency meeting Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Scott House, members of the Highland County Land Reutilization Corporation board voted to rebid the properties slated for demolition under the state’s Building Demolition and Site Revitalization program.

As previously reported, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office announced July 1 that the HCLRC received their full allocation of $500,000 in funding through the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization program. A bid opening for the demolition work was held during a special meeting July 29, with the land bank board receiving seven sealed bid submissions from contractors, according to Highland County Land Bank Coordinator Mackenzie Edison.

After an approximate 15-minute executive session Thursday involving Edison, Highland County Economic Development Director Julie Bolender and board members Terry Britton, Randy Mustard, Lauren Walker and Vickie Warnock, the board announced the decision to rebid the projects in a brief open session.

Mustard said the group determined that the “bidding language would need changed” from the original bid packets.

In addition, Britton said that the HCLRC has not gotten memorandums of understanding from some of the property owners in the original bid packets, so those properties will be removed.

Edison said in July that the state funding would cover the 26 properties in Highland County they submitted in their application, including 18 properties in Hillsboro, five in Mowrystown and three in Lynchburg.

“Bid packets will be changed and rebid,” Britton said. “Also, the bid packets will state that you have to bid on each item in the bid packet, or it’s a no-bid. These bids will be out very, very soon.”

The HCLRC is next scheduled to meet Thursday, Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Highland County Administration Building basement meeting room.