By JIM MAURER

STAFF WRITER

ALL Excavating and Demolition, McComb, with a bid of $59,889, was the apparent low bidder to demolish two vacant North Main Street buildings as part of the flood-reduction efforts in the downtown area.

Hancock County commissioners previously purchased the properties at 130 and 136 N. Main St., located on the west side near the Main Street bridge. Businesses in the two structures have either closed or moved to another location.

In May 2018, the commissioners approved a resolution to purchase 130 N. Main St. for $225,000. The property was formerly owned by Thepsourinthone Rentals.

In March 2017, the commissioners approved payment of about $100,000 for 136 N. Main St., property owned by Susan Kuhlman.

Both purchases were financed from the one quarter-percent, 10-year sales tax previously approved by voters for flood-reduction efforts, which expired last year.

There were nine bids submitted for the work, estimated at $150,000.

Other bids submitted Thursday included: Complete Demolition Services, Louisville, Kentucky, $68,880; B and B Wrecking & Excavating Inc., Cleveland, $104,300; Wargo Enterprises, Akron, New York, $107,680; D&R Demolition & Removal, Napoleon, $115,200; Great Lakes Demolition, Vickery, $116,500; Pro Supply Inc., Cleveland, $118,127; Dore and Associates Contracting, Bay City, Michigan, $136,500; and Deitering Landscaping, Leipsic, $153,000.

The commissioners are expected to make a decision on the bid by May 30.

Separately, the commissioners approved an agreement with Mannik and Smith Group, engineering/architecture company in Maumee, to design the second phase of the county landfill lateral expansion, adjacent to the recently completed initial phase. Planning and design work are estimated at $45,000, and the state Environmental Protection Agency requires the work by 2021.

The Maumee firm was also approved for an additional $22,000 for previous work on the initial phase, which increases that contract from $75,000 to $97,000. Landfill funds and money earmarked for solid waste management will cover the expenses.

Approval was given for “release” of permissive tax revenue to Vanlue for resurfacing North, Buffalo, Main Cross and High streets in the village. The work is estimated at $24,858.

The tax funds are received from vehicle registration fees, an optional tax levied by counties, municipalities and townships

There will be no board meeting next Tuesday, but the commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 30.

Maurer: 419-427-8420

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