Lafayette Street-Lawrence Lane Bids Below Engineer’s Estimated Price Tag
Bids for the extension of Lafayette Street, and the possible expansion of Lawrence Lane to the north, were under the engineer’s estimates by about 25%.
Village officials opened bids for the project, Thursday, Sept. 13.
Archbold Village Council took no action on the bids at the Monday night, Sept. 17 meeting. They are to discuss the bids at the next meeting, Monday night, Oct. 1.
The project was bid with two options. Option A called for the extension of Lafayette Street 400 feet to the west, to serve the new Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church building under construction west of Memorial Park.
Option A also includes a new, unnamed street, 300 feet to the south, between the west end of Memorial Park and the east side of the church property.
In addition, Option A calls for the construction of storm sewers in the area, connecting with Lugbill Road.
Option B includes all of Option A, and extends the new street to the south to connect with Lawrence Lane.
Bob Seaman, Archbold village engineer, said the engineering department is reviewing the bids.
The apparent low bidder for Option A is Heer Excavating of rural Archbold, with a bid of $438,208.75. The bid is $151,791.25, or about 25.7%, under the engineer estimate of $590,000.
Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, had the second lowest bid: $470,697.38.
It was $32,488.63, or 7.4% above the apparent low bid, and $119,302.62, or 20.2% under the estimate.
Anderzack-Pitzen, Metamora, bid $529,007.50, $90,798.75, or about 20.72% more than Heer Excavating bid.
The Metamora bid was $60,992.50, or about 10.3% under the estimated cost.
Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold, had the highest bid for Option A: $568,478.75, which is $130,270, or about 29.7% more than the apparent low bid.
Miller Brothers’ bid is $21,521.25, or about 3.7% under the estimated cost.
When the additional roadway of Option B is added to Option A, Anderzack-Pitzen becomes the apparent low bidder with a bid of $1,214,945; $365,055, or about 24.5% less than the estimated cost of $1,490,000.
Heer Excavating bid was $14,100, or about 1.25% higher than the apparent low bid: $1,139,045.
It was 23.55%, or $350,955 under the estimate.
The Vernon Nagel firm bid $1,285,659.20 for Option B, which was $160,714.20, or about 14.3% higher than the apparent low bid. The Napoleon company’s bid was $204,340.80 under the estimate, which was roughly 13.7%.
Miller Brothers submitted the highest bid for Option B: $1,439,865, $314,920, or about 28% higher than that submitted by the Metamora firm. The Miller Brothers bid was $50,135, or about 3.36%, under the estimate.