Taking a brief respite from fire department coverage, my next story will be about Summit County consolidating road-work bids, seeking to get lower prices for townships and municipalities. The bids will happen, but determining how much can be saved will be difficult, if not impossible. With oil prices so much higher this year, the unit costs will be higher no matter what. In some cases, the higher costs mean less road work is done -- more bumps for all of us. Overall, the thought is road companies will be able to plan better and offer lower bids.