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Completion Date For Ball Diamond Pushed Back

Jennifer Kidder, director of the Archbold Parks & Recreation department, said the completion of the second of four new ball diamonds in Memorial Park will be pushed back.

Kidder said rain has been the cause of the delay.

“We had so much in the spring, and that kind of pushed the contractors back on some other projects, and then they got here and things were moving along well,” she said.

“Then the rain we’ve had lately has kind of put things on hold a little bit again.

“Sept. 13 is the new completion date for the contractor’s work.

“Then after that, we’ll get in and do our part with getting the irrigation in and hopefully, it will give us ample time to get grass planted this fall.

“That’s where I’m struggling now.

“We cut it really close last year (with the first diamond in the planned four-diamond complex), and we’re going to be even later this year now with that delay.”

Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, was the lone bidder for the project, offering to do the job for $206,770, $18,770 more than the village engineer’s estimated price.

In fact, the Nagel bid was 9.98% higher than the estimate. State law and the village charter require that bids 10% over the estimated cost be rejected, and the project sent out for bids a second time.

Work got underway during the first full week in August.