It’s a race against time for the Amsterdam sewer project, or Jefferson County stands to lose $1million in funding.

The commissioners rejected the initial bids for the project because they were all 10 percent above the estimate.

They decided to have the consulting engineer adjust the estimate and seek new bids, but the timeline will happen more quickly than usual.

The commissioners deemed it an emergency because if the process falls into the new calendar year, the county could lose $1 million in principle forgiveness from the Ohio EPA.

The entire project should be completed within a year.