CAREY — Carey Village Council will have the final say on whether improvements will move ahead for the wastewater treatment plant, but three bids opened Monday were within acceptable limits.

Bids were received from the same three companies that submitted bids in February. The project had to be rebid after the bids received Feb. 19 exceeded the estimate by more than state law allows.

This time, Peterson Construction Co., Wapakoneta, submitted the low bid at about $10.03 million. Mosser Construction, Fremont, bid $10.54 million, and Kirk Brothers Construction, Alvada, which had the lowest bid in February, bid about $10.73 million.

The previous estimate of about $9 million was increased to about $10.1 million this time by Jones and Henry, the Toledo engineering company handling the wastewater plant design.

The estimate was increased after the firm reviewed the project, the previous bids, and rising material costs.

The February bids ranged from $11.4 million by Kirk Brothers to $12.89 million by Mosser. Peterson’s previous bid was $11.5 million.

All three bids opened Monday were within $1 million of the estimate. The state requires bids to be within 10 percent of a project estimate to be acceptable.

The engineering company will review the bids and make a recommendation to the village administration. Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is April 1, when the issue is expected to be discussed again.

If approved, work is expected to begin this year and take about two years to complete. The village, like many other communities statewide, has to meet Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for phosphorus limits.

The project has to be underway by 2020 to avoid possible EPA fines.

The work also will help the wastewater plant handle increased flows from sanitary and storm sewers during wet weather.

Some of the equipment to be replaced was installed in the 1980s and doesn’t meet current standards.

The village will likely borrow funds to cover the cost and use a portion of sewer debt funds to pay for the work. The village collects a half-percent income tax for sewer projects. The tax generated more than $706,000 last year, according to village figures.

The village is also considering changes to water rates to maintain a solvent account since repairs are planned for the village’s water tower and water standpipe. Sewer rates are based on water use, so sewer rates would be affected by an increase in water rates.

Another project, replacement of a sanitary sewer lift station, is being funded by a state grant of about $164,000, with the village paying the remainder of the $278,000 project.

The lift station will be on the southern edge of the village, where a new medical center is under construction and at least one retail business has announced plans to locate.

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