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Council Okays Seeking Bids For Construction, Cemetery Maintenance




Archbold Village Council authorized Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, and Joan Lovejoy, village finance director, to seek bids for a construction project and for maintenance of the Archbold Cemetery.

Approved at its Monday night, Sept. 22, council meeting, council will ask firms to prepare bids for maintenance of the village cemetery for three years.

Council’s buildings and grounds committee recommended taking bids.

The new contract will exclude snow removal at the cemetery. Howell said the Archbold Street Department has agreed to handle that chore.

Council also agreed to seek bids for the construction of a new storm sewer for the future Nolan Parkway extension project, which envisions extending the roadway from the west end of Nolan Parkway to Co. Rd. 24.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said the storm sewer project, which has a current estimated price of $367,000, will take a 90-inch pipeline from an existing underground chamber to a second underground chamber on the north part of the road right-of-way.

From that chamber, there will be a pipe stub ready to go when the roadway is extended. Plans call for that project to start in 2010.

Seaman said the $367,000 figure might be higher “for bidding purposes,” but Howell said this a good time to seek bids.

“Contractors are looking for underground work,” Seaman said.

Council also agreed to seek bids for chemicals for the water treatment and wastewater plants.

Trees

Council members reviewed a letter sent to residents along Park and Holland streets concerning 22 trees that will be removed.

Howell said the trees are directly underneath low-hanging utility lines.

“They probably never should have been planted,” he said.

The village’s tree board has examined the trees, and agreed to the removals.

Council members were told the village is working on obtaining easements for a new sidewalk on the south side of West Barre Road, heading east from South Defiance Street.

Howell said officials of St John’s Christian Church wanted to see where the sidewalk would be constructed before agreeing to the easement.

Land

At the Sept. 8 meeting, council agreed to purchase a 20-foot wide strip of land on the north side of the road leading to the wastewater treatment plant from Wendell and Bonita Beck, rural Archbold.

At the Sept. 22 meeting, council approved a request by the Becks to purchase an additional piece of land to “square off” the Beck property.

The agreement increased the amount of land purchased from .532 of an acre to six tenths; the purchase price increases from $7,980 to $9,000.

The cost per acre remained the same, Howell said.

All members were present, and all votes were unanimous. The next council meeting is Monday, Oct. 6, 7 pm, in Archbold Village Council chambers.- David Pugh


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