Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold, was the winning bidder for the extension of Lafayette Street from its current western end to Co. Rd. 24.
Village officials had been talking about the extension of the street for many years. The extension will make access easier to the Archbold elementary and high schools, plus Archbold Evangelical Church.
Archbold Village Council accepted the Miller Bros. offer to extend the street for $1,293,077.50 at its Monday night, Nov. 22, meeting.
The bid was $78,922.50, or 5.75%, under the engineer’s estimate of $1,372,000.
Four other firms offered bids: Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, $1,350,366.20; Anderzack Pitzen, Metamora, $1,358,000; Diversified Road & Pipe, Inc., Whitehouse, $1,471,642.50; Heer Excavating, rural Archbold, $1,476,155.
While Miller Brothers is based in Archbold, it has not done a lot of work in the village recently. Bob Seaman, village engineer, said in 2004, Miller Brothers was selected to rebuild Ditto and Stamm streets, and did part of the reconstruction in the Woodland Park subdivision in 2005.
Seaman said a starting date for the Lafayette Street project has not been set. The contract for the project specifies the work must be completed by Aug. 15, 2011.
Work could start this winter, depending on weather conditions and the availability of materials.
Council opted to solicit bids for Lafayette Street late in the year, to allow the village municipal income tax to generate enough funds to pay for the work.
But local tax revenues won’t fund the whole project. The village received a $275,000 grant from the State of Ohio Issue II bond funding program.–David