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Franklin Co. Commission Changes Course; Low Bidder Gets Huntington Park Contract

The Franklin County Commission met late Friday to finalize the choice of a concrete contractor for the city's Huntington Park baseball stadium which is under construction.

At the 5 p.m. special meeting, commissioners awarded the nearly $6 million contract to Lithko Contracting. Earlier, the commission had indicated it favored Baker Construction, whose bid was about $17,000 higher.

Commissioner Paula Brooks said afterward that the county was required to "...follow the law...and that's where we ended up today," presumably a reference to the choice of Lithko as the low bidder.

Lithko would have continued to fight the county in court had it lost the Huntington Park contract. David Timms, an attorney representing Lithko, read from a prepared statement after the commission's vote: "We appreciate the commissioners' hard work and due diligence in reviewing additional information and awarding the concrete contract to Lithko."

Brooks noted the commission's action helps keep the Huntington Park project on a 'critical timeline.'