Bids opened for courthouse work

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

A Minster contractor was the apparent low bidder for drainage improvements around the Hancock County Courthouse when bids were opened Tuesday.

Heyne Construction submitted a general construction bid of $262,800 with an additional $54,500 for several alternate projects, one along West Main Cross Street for $14,800, and one along Main Street for $39,700.

Other bids received were: E. Lee Construction, Delphos, $279,960 for general construction and $68,020 for the alternates; Mosser Construction, Fremont, $290,000 for general construction and $69,000 for the alternates; Alvada Construction, Alvada, $376,000 for general construction and $40,000 for the alternates; and Quality Masonry, Marion, $415,500 and $168,000 for the alternates.

The project estimate was $408,394. Garman-Miller architects/engineers, Minster, handled design.

The work includes improvements around the courthouse to eliminate water infiltration into the building’s lower level, which has gotten into the walls.

The bids will be given to the county prosecutor’s office for review and the commissioners are expected to make a decision in several weeks, Commissioner Chairman Mark Gazarek said.

The commissioners also approved the bid of Neff Construction, Bluffton, for drainage maintenance on the Nimrod-Bright ditch, east of Findlay. The company’s bid of $33,632 was the lowest of two bids received by the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District, which sent a letter of recommendation to the commissioners.

Separately, a memorandum of understanding was approved with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to allow personnel with Stantec, a Canadian-based engineering firm, to continue with preliminary engineering on hydraulic issues as part of the Blanchard River flood-control effort.

The commissioners approved $265,000 in additional payment for the work.

The preliminary engineering will be used to develop a cost estimate for design, prior to a May Maumee Watershed Conservancy District meeting.

Separately, Steve Wilson, project manager at the sanitary landfill, clarified a recent resolution approved by the commissioners to make an annual payment to the landfill’s financial assurance trust fund. The money will eventually be used to close the landfill.

The state Environmental Protection Agency has indicated that about 19 years of landfill use remain, but that is if the county accepts the maximum of 750,000 tons daily allowed by its operational permit. However, the landfill receives an average of about 450,000 tons daily, he said, which would provide 35-40 years of landfill use.

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