Ohio.com staff report
Canton-based Beaver Excavating Company has filed a lawsuit against Cuyahoga Falls over the dam removal contract awarded Monday to River Reach Construction. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher will oversee the case.
According to court documents, Beaver Excavating claims the city has violated the state’s competitive bidding laws by selecting Norton-based River Reach for the removal of two dams along the Cuyahoga River.
River Reach offered a bid of $999,999 for the project, while Beaver Excavating's bid was half that amount at $489,667.50, the lawsuit stated. The city’s Finance Department said Monday that the cost of the project will be reimbursed with a grant secured by the Ohio Enviornmental Protection Agency.
Construction to remove the dam behind Samira’s Restaurant and the dam behind Sheraton Suites is scheduled to begin in June. After the removal of the dams, the river will produce category four or five white-water rapids, which will attract experienced kayakers, Falls Service Director Valerie Wax Carr told the Beacon Journal last week.