Archbold, OH

Local Firm Wins Insurance Bid

Archbold Village Council selected the Beck Insurance Agency, Archbold, to provide property and casualty insurance at the Monday night, July 7, meeting.

Beck agency represents The Ohio Plan.

Speaking to council, Ed Leininger, chairman of the fi- nance committee, said the bid tendered by Beck Insurance was higher than that of Government Underwriters, Cleveland.

But he said committee members decided the Cleveland firm’s bid did not match the specifications of the request for bids issued by the village.

Council had to approve the insurance bid by July 31, said Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator.

Chemical Company

Howell told council members he sent a letter to a company that had contracted to supply a chemical used in the water treatment process, that has refused to sell at the agreed-upon price.

Howell said the company refuses to supply caustic soda at the contract price, and the price the company is requesting is “not even within 10%” of the contract price.

He told council members the village has two choices. It can pay the new rate, or sue the company for breach of contract.

Howell said he doubts if it will be worth it to sue the chemical company.

One option the village does have is to follow the lead of the City of Cleveland.

Cleveland, Howell said, builds a performance bond requirement into its chemical bids. If a company fails to deliver at the agreed-upon price, the company forfeits the bond.


Council reviewed a letter written to Jim Rivello, owner of the Archbold McDonald’s.

Howell said the letter tells Rivello that a large hole near the driveway access to the restaurant’s truck parking area needs to be repaired.

The hole was caused by trucks dragging their trailer axles over the curb.

The village cannot order Rivello to fix the hole, because it’s on private property. Howell said the letter pointed out the hole creates a dangerous situation.

Council members also reviewed the engineering project status report and the police department and street department activity reports for June.

Council also reviewed the village financial report. Council members were told state auditors are currently auditing the village books. The audits are done every other year.

This year’s audit is expected to be complete by Aug. 15.

All members were present, and all votes were unanimous. The next council meeting is Monday, July 21, 7 pm in council chambers.- David Pugh

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