The lone bid for the construction of the new baseball diamond in Memorial Park was more than estimated, but was still approved by Archbold Village Council.
Council took the action at its Monday, May 6 meeting.
Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, submitted a bid of $206,770 to grade the diamond to specifications. Village workers will seed the diamond in the fall.
The original engineer’s estimate was $188,000.
The bid is $18,770 more than the estimate. Under state law and the village charter, if the bid is 10% or more higher than the engineer’s estimate, it must be rejected and the project put out for bids a second time.
The bid is 9.98% higher than the estimate, which allows council to move forward with the project.
Donna Dettling, village administrator, said the village engineer office recommended accepting the bid.
Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, said Parks & Recreation officials were thrilled that Vernon Nagel, Inc. was the winning bidder.
“We’re very happy with the job they did (on the first new diamond) last year,” she said.
Council approved a measure to allow two-way traffic on Vine Street, between Depot Street and East Holland Street.
For decades, the street has been one-way for traffic traveling north.
Dettling said Vine Street “does not need to be one-way anymore.”
Eric Leininger, assistant police chief, said between April 17 and May 5, officers spent 32 hours and 48 minutes watching for vehicles traveling the wrong way on Depot Street and Vine streets.
Out of those hours, 18 hours and 46 minutes were between 6 am-6 pm; the remaining 14 hours and 2 minutes were from 6 pm-6 am.
During that time, there were five violations. Officers issued citations for each. Four were on Depot St.; one occurred on Vine Street.
Of the five drivers cited, only one was from Archbold.
The others were from Wauseon, Bryan, Perrysburg, and Waldron, Mich.
Leininger said one driver went south on Vine, going the wrong way, with the intention of turning right, or west, on Depot, which is also the wrong way.
“They were determined,” someone said.
Kevin Eicher, a councilman, asked when the switch would be made.
Dettling said Jason Martz, village street commissioner, needs time to re-stripe parking areas.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, said angle parking on the west side of Vine Street will be converted to parallel parking.
Council also approved construction of about 250 feet of new sidewalk on the south side of West Lutz Road, from 317 West Lutz Road to 411 West Lutz Road.
Council authorized Dettling to seek bids for the repair of the concrete surface of West Holland Street.
She said the project will repair deteriorated sections of West Holland Street from the alley west of Ditto Street to 313 West Holland.
Included in the project is repair of curbs and catch basins. Estimated cost: $139,000.
Brad Short, a councilman, asked about problems with the concrete paving at the intersection of South Defiance Street and West Barre Road.
Concrete pavement was poured over asphalt at the intersection.
Seaman said some portions of concrete had been removed and the pavement repaired with “cold patch,” a form of asphalt.
He said further repairs will be covered later in a separate contract.
Council also approved adding additional right-of-way to the north side of East Lutz Road, along property owned by the village.
Seaman said RTEC Communications asked to install fiberoptic cable along the street, and asked for an easement on village property.
But if the village grants an easement and the road is widened later, the village would have to pay to move the cable.
If the right-of-way is enlarged, the company has to pay to have the line moved.
Dettling suggested discussing switching council start times from 7 pm to 5:30 pm.
Kevin Morton, council president, said with members Brian Huffman and Vaughn Bentz absent, the discussion should wait until later.
The next meeting is Monday, May 20. The meeting starts at 6 pm to allow for a public hearing on a proposed four-unit condominium project on West Lugbill Road.