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Lafayette Street Extension Project Ready For Bids

Archbold Village Council took a big step toward a project that many have dreamed about for years, authorizing village officials to seek bids for the Lafayette Street extension.

The project will connect Lafayette Street’s west end, near the Archbold Evangelical Church, west to Co. Rd. 24.

The anticipated price of the project is $1.4 million, but that is offset somewhat because Archbold received a $275,000 grant from Ohio Issue II funds.

Many years ago, Ohio voters approved the sale of bonds to fund road and other infrastructure projects throughout Ohio. Because the bonding program was known as Issue II on the ballot, the program has kept the name Issue II.

The request for bids states the project must be completed by Aug. 15, 2011.

Village officials scheduled the project to span two years to allow sufficient money to accumulate in the capital improvement fund. Money for street improvements comes from the village’s 1.5% tax on income and corporate profits.

How Much Done?

Jeff Fryman, councilman, asked Bob Seaman, village engineer, “How much do you foresee getting done this year?”

Seaman said the contract could be awarded by Dec. 1. How much work is done in the remainder of 2010 will depend on how quickly contractors can obtain materials.

He said he does not foresee the village having to make a payment on the project yet this year.

Fryman said he has spoken with a couple of contractors who said things in the construction industry have changed, as they are now submitting good (low) bids in the spring.

Seaman said several contractors have expressed an interest in the project, even with the late 2010 deadline for bids.

“This is a contract that could make them (contrac- tors) some money,” said Dennis Howell, village administrator.

Fryman said some contractors have master crews “that they would love to keep working over the winter.”

Seaman said he wouldn’t anticipate any work on the roadway to be completed, but there is some underground work, such as storm drains, that must be installed. That could be done over the winter, he said.

Issue II

When requests for Issue II money are submitted, state officials evaluate them and assign them a score.

In response to a question from Kenny Cowell, councilman, Howell said the Lafayette Street project was the highest-scoring project that was not funded this year.

However, when other projects that did receive Issue II funds were completed, there was enough money left over to grant Archbold $275,000.

Village officials also have submitted the reconstruction of Buehrer, Schlatter, and Burke streets, a 2011 project, for Issue II funding.

Howell said the project will reconstruct streets and solve some sanitary sewer problems for homeowners in the area.

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, said the project ranked highest on the county level. Village officials are optimistic about getting money from Issue II for the reconstruction of Buehrer, Schlatter, and Burke streets.–David

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