Archbold Village Council approved purchasing new equipment for the wastewater treatment plant without going through the usual bidding process at its Monday, Oct. 1 meeting.
Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the equipment is specialized, and there is no way to put the project out for bids.
State law allows the village to bypass the bidding process if only one contractor can provide the necessary equipment or expertise.
Council agreed to spend $48,615 with Air Diffusion Systems to purchase pipe, racks, valves, manifolds, and other equipment.
It also agreed to spend $48,403 with Waterworks Systems & Equipment for the purchase of a special blower, a fiberglass enclosure for the blower, and specialized technical support.
The total cost of the project is $97,018. The money will be taken from wastewater treatment plant funds.
The equipment will be installed in a lagoon at the village wastewater treatment plant. The system will blow air into the lagoon in the form of tiny bubbles.
Howell said the lagoon is used as an overflow holding pond.
If the plant receives too much wastewater to treat, some of it is diverted to the holding pond, then pumped back to the plant when the flow is reduced.
If untreated wastewater is left in the lagoon, it will turn septic “and stink up the whole neighborhood,” Howell said.
By introducing air into the lagoon, wastewater is prevented from becoming septic, and soil matter in the wastewater won’t sink to the bottom.
Frank D’Ambrosia, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, said plant workers will install the equipment, under supervision by Waterworks Systems representatives.
Once the system is installed, Howell said the lagoon could be repurposed for other steps in the wastewater treatment process.
Council also approved a change order in a 2011 contract that reduced the final project cost.
Last year, council approved a contract to install a special liner in the Brush Creek sanitary sewer line. The old underground pipeline was leaking, allowing groundwater to infiltrate into the sanitary sewer system.
The change order reduced the final contract price by $6,975.65, making the final cost $60,299.35.
Howell explained village officials originally thought they would have to repair 20 feet of sewer pipe, at an estimated cost of $5,000.
However, when the project got underway, it was discovered the repair wasn’t necessary, saving $5,000.
Jeff Fryman, a councilman and member of the finance committee, said the village received its health insurance premium notification from the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association. The premium increased by about 4%, he said.
Fryman said village offi cials were able to “tweak” the policy, changing some parts of the benefit package so there will be no increase cost.
Ed Leininger, councilman, was absent from the meeting.
The next council meeting is Monday, Oct. 15, 7 pm, in council chambers.