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South Defiance Street Terraces To Be Reseeded

Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk, will reseed the terraces along South Defi- ance Street that were torn up during the repaving process.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, told Archbold council members at their Monday, Sept. 20 meeting, the company agreed to do the work after grass seed originally planted by the company failed to grow.

The issue was discussed during a final inspection of the project, Seaman said.

Because it was a hot summer with insufficient rain, the grass seed failed to grow… but tall fescue grasses and weeds did.

However, in some shady areas, grass did grow.

Seaman said in places, the contractor will reseed the terraces entirely; in others, more seed will be applied to areas where some grass is growing.

The company is planning to do the work yet this month, he said.

Seaman said when the resurfacing project was done, a letter was hand-delivered to property owners in the neighborhood reminding them it was their responsibility to maintain the terraces.

Smith Paving resurfaced South Defiance Street from the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing to Lafayette Street at a cost of about $267,400. About $240,000 of the project funds came from the federal American Reinvestment & Recovery Act grant, commonly known as economic stimulus funds.

Underground Chamber

Council will seek bids for the construction of an underground chamber that will allow workers to service valves on the older of two clear wells at the Archbold Water Treatment Plant.

The clear well is an area where water is stored for a period of time before being sent out to the distribution system, to eventually be piped to homes, businesses, etc.

There are three valves that control the flow of water into and out of the clear well.

A few years ago, a second clear well was added to the water plant, allowing plant workers to isolate and clean the first clear well.

Unfortunately, one of the three valves is stuck in the open position.

The solution is to dig 27 feet down to where the values are located, then construct a reinforced concrete chamber, 17 feet by 14 feet, so workers can access the valves.

Seaman said the project is estimated to cost $132,000.

The cost could be driven up if, once workers get to the valves, they discover the problem is not a simple repair, but that the whole valve must be replaced. Seaman said it’s anticipated that in the worst-case scenario, the costs could be driven up an additional $98,000.

Money for the chamber and the potential repairs will come from the water department, he said.

Seaman said the project could be a good winter project for contractors. He added, contractors are on the lookout for winter projects.

Council also approved advertising for bids for the purchase of chemicals for the water and wastewater treatment plants.

Bid Lafayette Street

In response to a question from council, Seaman said the engineering department will be ready to begin advertising for bids for the extension of Lafayette Street from its current western end to Co. Rd. 24 next month.

He anticipates asking council to begin the bidding process by council’s next meeting.

The next meeting date is up in the air. The meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, Oct. 4, but three councilmen will be out of town on that date, so council will be unable to conduct business.

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, said a new date will be announced later.–David Pugh

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