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Council Opens Bids For Lafayette St. Extension




Archbold Village Council approved advertising for bids for the Lafayette Street extension project at its Monday night, Aug. 20, meeting.

Through improved parking, the project will benefit Memorial Park visitors and attendees of the new Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church facility, which will be built on Lafayette Street, west of the park.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said he expects to open bids Thursday, Sept. 13.

After a bid is accepted, council can choose one of two project versions, said Dennis Howell, village administrator, in a Tuesday interview.

One version of the project includes a 400-foot extension of Lafayette Street to the west that would junction with a new road, stretching 300 feet to the south.

Howell said engineers estimate that option would cost $600,000.

An alternate version would cost around $1.5 million to extend the new road south all the way to West Lugbill Road.

“That would open up some land for future development,” said Howell.

But, he said, “Before any of that can happen, there has to be storm sewers from there (the new church), south to Lugbill Road.”

Council decided if storm sewers had to be added, a road might as well be built, Howell said.

If the new, unnamed road to the south stretches all the way to Lugbill Road, Howell said, it will navigate through two private properties.

No decisions will be made or action taken until bids return.

Land Rents

In other business, council approved a bid submitted by Rodney Buehrer to rent approximately 189 acres of farmland owned by the Village on East Lutz Road.

His bid, $131.20 per acre, gives him access to the land for three years. It increased Village revenue from the land; the former rent was just $107 per acre.

With this success, all councilmen, except the absent Jeff Fryman, agreed to advertise bids for the village’s 69-acre plot of farmland located near the Archbold Industrial Park, south and west of Miller Parkway.

The land, rented by Stephen Fry, currently brings in $56 per acre, said Howell.

It’s been 10 years since council offered the land for bid.

In another unanimous approval, council agreed to enter into agreements with German Township Trustees so three acres can be added to a property at 416 West Lutz Road.

The property is located beside farmland, and its owners “want to split off some of the farm ground,” said Howell.

“The easiest, cleanest way was to annex it.”

Negotiations with the trustees are required because, said Howell, “The corporation line is currently on that house’s west property (line).”

Council members went into a 20-minute executive session to discuss property issues. No action was taken as a result.

The next meeting, regularly scheduled for Labor Day, was postponed until 7 p.m. the next day, Tuesday, Sept. 4.- Alicia Buckenmeyer


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