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Council Accepts Bids For Cemetery Maintenance, New Storm Sewer Outlet




Archbold Village Council accepted the bid of Behrman Vault Company, LLC, Ridgeville Corners, for maintenance of the Archbold Cemetery at its Monday night, Oct. 20 meeting.

Behrman’s bid of $35,000 was the only one submitted. The bid is $640, or 1.8%, less than the current contract of $35,640.

However, snow removal has been removed from the contract for next year; it will be performed by village employees.

The resolution was one of four passed by the council Monday night.

Storm Sewer Outlet

Council also accepted the bid of Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc., Metamora, for the Nolan Parkway storm sewer outlet.

The outlet will run south from the west side of Napoleon Lynx to Nolan Parkway.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said village officials had a full room for the bid opening, which was Thursday, Oct. 16.

All bids were under the engineer’s estimate of $400,000.

Anderzack-Pitzen’s bid was $346,000, which was $54,000, or 13.5%, less than the engineer’s estimate.

The company is looking to start the project around Thanksgiving and should be done by spring 2009.

Other bidders on the project include

•Lingvai Excavating, LLC, Bryan: $357,320; $42,680, or 10.7%, less than the engineer’s estimate.

•Underground Utilities, Inc., Monroeville: $365,075; $34,925, or 8.7%, less than the estimate.

•Gleason Construction Co., Inc., Maumee: $369,865; $30,135, or 7.5%, less than the estimate.

•Zink/Covell Excavating, Inc., Samaria, Mich.: $373,119; $26,881, or 6.7%, less than the estimate.

•Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon: $379,777.60; $20,222.40, or 5.1%, less than the estimate.

•Miller Bros. Const., Inc., Archbold: $383,600; $16,400, or 4.1%, less than the estimate.

•E.R. Zeiler Excavating, Inc., Temperance, Mich.: $389,725; $10,275, or 2.6%, less than the estimate.

•Crestline Paving & Excavating, Inc., Toledo: $391,000: $9,000, or 2.3%, less than the estimate.

Leaf And Grass Collection Area

Council authorized the village engineering department to move the leaf and grass collection area from its current location in the Archbold Industrial Park to an area next to the Archbold Wastewater Treatment plant on Short-Buehrer Road.

The buildings and grounds committee recommended the move.

Ed Leininger, councilman, asked about lighting the area at night. Dennis Howell, village administrator, said that can easily be done.

“Sometimes we’ve had issues with dumping, and if those problems continue, we even have the ability to set some cameras up, with the wastewater building not far away,” said Jim Wyse, village mayor.

“We felt it would be easier to monitor it in the future.”

A streetlight can be installed at the driveway to the plant for improved safety.

In addition to increasing security, Howell said after the meeting that village officials wanted to dress up the industrial park and make it look better. Moving the collection area next to the wastewater treatment plant would provide more supervision of the area since it’s staffed during the day.

Moving the area will cost approximately $19,000 to $20,000, which includes adding fill dirt to level the area and paving it with asphalt grindings.

Biosolids Lagoons

Council also authorized advertising for bids to add two biosolids lagoons at the wastewater treatment plant.

Howell said the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready, if they haven’t already, to pass regulations that “will make it pretty much impossible to empty our lagoons in the wintertime.”

The EPA is in the process of banning all land application on frozen ground.

“When ConAgra is running hard, we do run out of room in our biosolids lagoons and really have to squeeze to get through a year.

“This will get us comfortably through a year.”

The EPA has already approved the new lagoons, which will measure approximately 220 feet long by 96 feet wide by 8 feet deep.

The engineer’s estimate for the project is $290,000.

All members were present, and all votes were unanimous.

The next council meeting is Monday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. in council chambers.- Mary Huber


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