The city last week entered into a $4,098,725 contract with Hank’s Plumbing & Heating Co., to furnish labor, materials and equipment, and a $260,263.31 contract with Davey Resource Group, a division of Davey Tree Expert Company, for furnishing labor, materials and equipment for wetland mitigation for the Big Ditch improvement project.
Public Service Director Paul Roman received bids on the project on May 4.
Hank’s Plumbing, of Toledo, was the lowest of seven bids submitted for the project. Vernon Nagel, Inc., of Napoleon, submitted a bid of $4,381,577, Geo Gradel Co., of Toledo, submitted a bid of $4,588,802, Underground Utilities, Inc., of Monroeville, Ohio, submitted a bid for $4,465,313, Crestline Paving & Excavating Co., Inc., of Toledo, $4,549,002.50, Haynes Construction, of Norwalk, $4,479,497, and Mark Schaffer Excavating, of Norwalk, $5,024,567.70.
The city received three bids for the wetland mitigation project. Deitering Landscaping, Inc., submitted the low bid of $207,024.24, but later withdrew it due to a clerical/arithmetic mistake. Legally, the city could either award the project to the next lowest bidder, Davey Resource Group, of Kent, Ohio, or reject the bids for wetland mitigation and resubmit the project for bidding. The city recommended the contract be awarded to Davey because it has extensive experience in wetland mitigation and stream restoration projects, including work on the North Pearson Park Wetland Project, and the Heckman Ditch Stream restoration along Wynn Road. Aaron Landscaping, Inc., of Broadview, Ohio, has submitted a bid for $339,085.83.
Roman said the city budgeted $4.72 million for the project this year.
Some costs, such as right-of-way acquisition, exceeded estimates, he said.
“Right-of-way acquisitioning was probably close to $100,000 over what was originally estimated, which was at $250,000,” said Roman. “Overall, right now, with these bids, it’s about four percent over what was in the original budget.”
Councilman Sandy Bihn asked Roman how the city would cover the additional expenses.
“I know we were going to do a short-term note, and that’s included in the 2010 budget for financing it,” said Roman. “And we do have an OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) grant for this project as well. There’s a $319,000 grant as well as another $478,000 in a zero interest loan.”
The Big Ditch improvement project includes improving Stadium Road between Seaman and Bayshore roads, to enhance traffic safety and upgrade the municipal storm drainage facilities. A ditch on the west side of Stadium will be enclosed as a safety measure for motorists. About one vehicle per year ends up in the ditch. Plans call for the installation of storm sewers and drainage improvements, removing, replacing and improving existing culverts, constructing new open ditches and channels, and restoring the roadway and related infrastructure.
Coy and Starr
Construction to upgrade the intersection of Coy Road and Starr Avenue with a new traffic signal will start next month, according to Roman.
The project calls for the intersection to be widened to accommodate left turn lanes on all approaches and a right turn lane for eastbound Starr Avenue at Coy Road. The city received $194,201 in funding for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Federal Stimulus Program and $350,000 in from the Federal Highway Administration through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.
The project will also include pedestrian crossings with ADA ramps at the intersection, connecting sidewalks, catch basin modifications, and utility relocations, as necessary, as part of the project. The new traffic signal and widening will be similar to recent improvements at the intersection of Coy and Pickle roads.
Several utility contractors will begin working within the city’s right-of-way along Coy Road and Starr Avenue to relocate utilities, as necessary, to accommodate the roadway construction and intersection improvement project.
The contractor for the project is B&J Concrete & Construction.
Completion of the project is expected on Oct. 9.