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Oregon City Council last Monday approved the $65,515.30 bid of Quinn Concrete Construction, Toledo, to make sidewalk/street improvements on Pickle Road and Issac Street.

The project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant, said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The project includes 600 feet of Pickle Road, just west of I-280, and 1,900 feet of sidewalk on Munding and Isaac Streets, said Roman.

Quinn Concrete was the lowest bid out of 10 bids.

Henry W. Bergman, Genoa, bid $68,680, Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk, bid $68,341.30, KF Construction and Excavating, LLC, Clyde, bid $68,061.75, Crestline Paving & Excavating, Toledo, bid $75,585.95, Bowers Asphalt & Paving, Inc., Perrysburg, bid $69,826, Diversified Road & Pipe, Whitehouse, bid $75,818, Ebony Construction Co., Inc., Sylvania, bid $71,582.25, Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc., Metamora, bid $78,898.50, and Jennite Company, Toledo, bid $75,714.10.

“This was probably the most competitive bidding I’ve ever had for this program,” said Roman.

Council also authorized and directed the mayor and finance director to hire Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, for $13,500 as the consultant for professional services in preparing and administering the 2011 CDBG Formula Program.

Also at the meeting, council:
• heard from Roman that part of Stadium Road will be repaved. “Just about the entire southbound lane will be replaced, but it will not be a full repaving. Just what is damaged,” said Roman;

• heard from Councilman Mike Sheehy that he attended an environmental council meeting at the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG) and learned that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will be reorganized. “It’s going to impact the oversight of Envirosafe. I think we as a city want to get in on the ground floor and find out exactly how,” said Sheehy. Councilman Sandy Bihn suggested inviting the Ohio EPA to a committee meeting to discuss the proposed changes;

• heard from Bihn about a meeting she attended at the Lake Erie Center about phosphorous and the growing algae problem in Lake Erie. “There’s been a tremendous focus on Grand Lake St. Mary’s State Park and helping them rid the area of algae, the vehicles being most used, and the practices in trying to get it out of the streams,” she said. “They’re also trucking out manure from concentrated animal feeding operations. Ninety-one to 96 percent of that manure is being transported out 50-60 miles away from Grand Lake St. Mary’s. And that means it’s either going into the Ohio River Mississippi Watershed, or up to our Lake Erie Watershed,” said Bihn. Boating, fishing and swimming was banned in Grand St. Mary’s last year following a toxic outbreak of blue green algae in the lake. “We don’t seem to have the same focus in our area for Lake Erie, Maumee Bay, and the Maumee River, that the people in Grand Lake St. Mary’s have been able to achieve,” said Bihn. “Some people are saying we should just let Lake Erie fall to the levels of Grand Lake St. Mary’s, then there will be a response. I don’t think that’s something any one of us want to see. We need to take some action to try and push the bar to make something happen to reduce the nutrient loads coming into our basin to reduce the algae. Study after study says it’s getting worse, and we’re facing more of a problem every year. Nobody talks about where this might lead us, or what the consequences might be. But we know from last year that it’s pretty serious.”

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