The Talon demolition project may not be delayed, even while a recent legal advertisement by Crawford County government again contained an error.

“We’re still investigating it, but it may not delay the project,” Ted Watts, the county’s attorney, said Friday.

In a legal advertisement Wednesday for demolition of buildings B, D and E at the former Talon Inc. site on upper Arch Street states bids for the project are due at the courthouse at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day — a national holiday — and all county offices are closed that day.

It’s the second consecutive week the advertisement appeared with the date. The advertisement also appeared in the Oct. 22 edition of The Meadville Tribune.

County officials said the county’s architectural firm on the project — Weber Murphy Fox of Erie — sent out the advertisement for publication to the newspaper with a copy sent to county commissioners. The date issue was noticed by county commissioners Oct. 21, but it was too late to change for publication on Oct. 22.

Commissioner Chairman Francis Weiderspahn Jr. said commissioners pushed the due date and time back to Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. and Weber Murphy Fox was advised of the need to change the date in the advertisement. However, the change wasn’t made for the ad Wednesday.

The county code requires advertisements for bids take place at least twice — once at least 10 days in advance of the due date and a second at least three days after the first advertisement, Watts said.

Dick Fox of Weber Murphy Fox said the advertisement will be published a third time with the corrected date.

Also, there was a mandatory pre-bid conference held Wednesday for contractors interested in the project, Fox said. About two dozen contractors on hand were advised of the change in date to Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., Fox said. Firms obtaining bid documents for the project also will be advised of the change, he said.

Commissioners expect to recess the board’s Nov. 6 board meeting to Nov. 14 in order to take action on the demolition bid contract.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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