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Commissioners Okay Bids For DD Board Building Updates

Fulton County Commissioners have approved bids totaling $2,065,900 to renovate a 36,000-square-foot building in Wauseon for the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The commissioners approved the bids at their Thursday, April 5 meeting.

The DD Board plans to move Triangular Processing, a non-profit sheltered workshop for people with developmental disabilities, into the former American Power Pull building, 550 West Linfoot Street.

Because Ohio law prohibits the DD Board from owning property, the commissioners purchased the building on behalf of the DD Board at a cost of $692,217 on June 28, 2011.

Original Estimate

The Power Pull building was in need of some renovations to make the building suitable for the DD Board clients. Originally, the renovations were anticipated to cost about $600,000.

In February 2012, the commissioners approved seeking bids for renovations. At that time, the estimated price tag was nearly $2.1 million. That’s an increase of 250% over the original $600,000 estimated price tag.

Beth Friess, DD Board superintendent, said in February after the county took ownership of the building, several problems were discovered.

It was originally thought the truck loading docks were at least partially usable. Upon closer examination, it was determined the docks Hartz To Perform In Spring Concert

Bethany Hartz, PHS ‘09, will perform in The University of Findlay symphonic band and wind ensemble spring concert, Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m., at Heminger Auditorium, Findlay High School.

Hartz, daughter of Carla and Phil, is active in Circle K and symphonic band. She is a junior pharmacy major.

The groups will present “And They’re Off… Overtures Classic and New” featuring a variety of concert overtures. needed to be reconstructed.

Also, the office space was originally believed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. After the county took ownership, it was determined the offices did not meet ADA requirements.

Actual Numbers

A total of 14 firms submitted bids for a myriad of alternatives in four general areas: general work, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), and electrical work.

Mosser Construction, Fremont, was the winning bidder for the general construction with a bid of $1,350,000.

Dimech Services, Toledo, was the winner for plumbing and HVAC, with a bid of $431,200.

Regent Electric, Inc., Toledo, was the winning bidder for electrical work for $284,700.

The total of the combined approved bids was $2,065,900, which was $15,542, or about 1.5%, under the engineer’s estimate of $2,981,422.

Friess said even with the large increase in renovation costs, the DD board has sufficient funds to cover the costs.

She said a pre-construction meeting is this week.

The projected timeline calls for the project to be completed in August.

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