Twelve renovated catch basins in the Village of Genoa withstood unexpected testing just days after their recent completion.
Heavy thundershowers blasted across Northwest Ohio on Friday and Monday, leaving many areas overwhelmed with flooding.
“They got a real workout in the last rainstorms,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said Tuesday afternoon.
A catch basin is part of a storm drain or sewer system designed to trap debris before it enters the sewage pipe.
The basins in question – situated at intersections along Main, West, Fifth and Eighth streets – date back to the 1930s, Gladden said.
“They had dome tops and bricks were falling away. To tell you the truth, the one at Fifth and West streets near the funeral home was one of the worst. We were lucky we didn’t have some car over that and have it collapse,” he said.
Village council had set aside $80,000 for the catch basin reclamation project when preparing the 2012 budget.
The project’s end cost fell well short of that at $19,000 paid to Quinn Concrete, Gladden said. The work included new brick and concrete collars.
By Ohio law, municipalities only have to go out for bids for a project if the estimated cost exceeds $25,000.
Gladden said the low estimate allowed the village to save the cost of engineering specifications as well as all the paperwork involved in preparing the bid package.
“They did a heck of a job for the cost and still saved the village some money,” Gladden said.
Rex Diebert was the inspector for the village on the job.
“He did a great job for us, too,” Gladden added.