Archbold Village Council approved a bid for a new 4,900 square-foot storage building that was $37,989 over the engineer’s estimated price.
Council accepted the bid of $217,989 of Midwest Contracting, Holland, to construct the building, which is 21.11% above the engineer’s estimate of $180,000.
The building will house Archbold police and engineering department vehicles, plus engineering equipment. It will have two wash bays, and will be heated to above freezing in the winter.
Steel Prices Up
In his letter to council, Bob Seaman, village engineer, noted the cost of steel buildings had gone up about 25% since the estimate, prepared by an outside engineer, was completed.
Council bid the building two ways; one, with a contractor handling all aspects of construction, and the second, with the village acting as general contractor, hiring firms to be subcontractors.
Seaman said the village would save only $889 by hiring subcontractors, so the decision was made to allow Midwest to do the job.
The only other general contract bidder was IPS of Maumee, who bid $254,000, or $36,011, above the winning bid, and $74,000, or 41.11%, above the estimate.
In another matter, council rejected the bid of Gerken Paving, Napoleon, for the reconstruction of the driveway at the village wastewater treatment plant, plus work in the parking lots.
The Napoleon firm bid $451,222, which was about 46%, or $141,222, more than the engineer’s estimate.
Council will rebid the work, and Seaman said if prices are still too high, the project can wait until next year.
He noted that the cost of asphalt had been rising, along with record-high oil prices.