The Archbold Village Council meeting Monday, May 7, was essentially centered around equipment issues of one form or another.
Council approved the first two phases of a project to upgrade equipment in the village water treatment plant, and accepted responsibility for new public service radio equipment.
Council accepted a proposal from Dmytryka-Jacobs Engineers, Perrysburg, to design and build controls for half of the plant’s filter system.
The company proposed to do the work for $46,700.
The current controls have been in place since 1982, and Scott Schultz, water plant superintendent, said he can no longer get replacement parts for the system.
Because Dmytryka-Jacobs makes the equipment Archbold officials want, they wanted to make the purchase without competitive bidding, which might force them to accept a lower bid.
So, council waived the $20,000 bid limitation, which allows the village to make purchases up to $50,000 without bids.
That allowed it to purchase the $46,700 control panel without competitive bidding.
Next year, the second control panel will be replaced. In the meantime, parts from the first old panel will be used to keep the second one operational.
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the first panel contains the master controls, so the second panel will be about $10,000 less expensive to replace.
Council also agreed to the purchase of a new system to feed carbon dioxide into water being treated at the water treatment plant.
The old system at the plant uses carbon dioxide gas to feed bubbles to water being treated. The system is inefficient and difficult to regulate exactly.
The new system, manufactured by TOMCO2, of Loganville, Ga., feeds pressurized carbon dioxide gas into water to make a solution, which is then added to the water supply.
It operates automatically and is more accurate than the bubble system.
Howell said TOMCO2 will make the system as a package; then, either water plant personnel or a contractor will handle the plumbing and electrical hookups.
In response to a question from council, Howell said the installation is not a major project, money-wise. It involves connecting plastic pipe and wiring a 110-volt circuit.
The total cost of the new system was $86,950, more than the $50,000 bid limitation.
Competitive bids were sought, despite the fact that TOMCO2 is the only firm that makes such equipment.
Council members approved accepting responsibility for new public service (police, fire, etc.) radios.
Fulton County Commissioners purchased radios, including base stations, mobile radios in car, and handheld radios.
The radios are designed to work with the new county 700-800 mhz digital radio system.
Now that the radios are installed and working, Archbold agreed to take ownership of the radios, becoming responsible for insuring them against damage or loss.
The village also will be in charge of repair and maintenance.
Howell told councilmen, individually, the radios are “fairly pricey items,” at almost $4,000 each, but added, “if you want to stay in contact with the rest of the county, and eventually, the rest of the state of Ohio,” you have to have them.
The new digital radios allow more conversations to take place at the same time compared to the old county system.