The German Township trustees entered into a contract for drainage improvement work on Co. Rd. B during a special meeting, Monday, August 19.
The low bid of $165,420.05 was tendered by Blausey Truck Service & Excavating, of Elmore. The trustees had accepted its bid at their regular meeting, Monday, Aug. 12.
The bid was $21,579.95, about 11.5%, under the estimated price prepared by the Fulton County Engineer office of $187,000.
There were two other bids:
The Weber Company, Pettisville: $173,299.44; $13,700,56 under the estimate, $7,879,39 more than the winning bid.
Fenson Contracting, Ft. Jennings: $205,588; $18,588, almost 10%, more than the estimate, $40,167.95 more than the winning bid.
The project is broken into two phases.
The first phase, which will be constructed under the current contract, will re-contour the drainage ditches on the south side of Co. Rd. B between Co. Rds. 20-2 and 21.
An eight-inch tile will be added to improve drainage, replacing the deep ditches along the side of the road.
Next year, the roadway will be reconstructed. Grant funding is available for the second phase; for this year, no grant money is available.
Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, a trustee, said Frank Onweller, Fulton County engineer, said county officials did not have a lot of experience working with Blausey Truck Service & Excavating, but saw no reason the contract should not be awarded to the firm.
Leupp said representatives will keep a close eye on the work, frequently measuring grades and angles as the project progresses.
The company is ready to start work, he said.
During the Aug. 12 meeting, Josh King, township road superintendent, said he turned in the bill to the Fulton County Sheriff Department for replacing a stop sign that had been spraypainted by vandals.
The cost of a replacement stop sign is about $100.
King said the township may be reimbursed for the expense.
Also at the Aug. 12 meeting, King said Archbold Fire Truck No. 104 had a problem.
Recently, firefighters were at Woodlawn Park, testing fire hoses. The truck engine was shut down for a time, then refused to restart.
King said he and Jeff Aeschliman, township road maintenance worker, worked late to fix the problem, which he described as a starter issue.
Bob Apger, cemetery sexton, told trustees at the Aug. 12 meeting that all markers in the cemeteries maintained by German Township were pressure washed.
It’s the first time stones in all four cemeteries– Goll, Johnson, Wyse, and Beck– have been pressure washed in the same year.
Joe Short was absent from the Aug. 12 meeting; Leupp was absent from the Aug. 19 meeting.
The next meeting is Monday, Aug. 26, 7:30 am, at the German Township building.