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.
A photo in the May 17 issue of The Press of Genoa High School students Richard Wonnell and Serena Parlette was incorrectly attributed to photographer Harold Hamilton. The photo was taken by George Pollauf.
A task force studying the migration of phosphorus into streams and rivers and eventually into Lake Erie notes the problem is primarily affecting the lake’s western basin – particularly from the watersheds of the Maumee and Sandusky rivers.
If “significant” actions are taken, however, the lake can again recover as dramatically as it did in the 1980s, according to the recently released report of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force.
Total phosphorus, including dissolved and particulate phosphorus, has long been a problem for the lake, the study says, and the earliest efforts to reduce phosphorus levels in the 1970s focused on reducing the dissolved phosphorus discharging from wastewater treatment plants.
Public feedback at a community forum for the Oregon City Schools District held earlier this month showed some support for putting an operating levy on the November ballot so long as there are also more budget cuts.
School officials held the forum to help the school board decide on whether there was support to put another levy on the ballot this fall, or to make more cuts.
The school board has already made $6.9 million in budget cuts in the last few years. “During the last three years, we cut approximately 20 percent from the budget,” said Diane Karoly, a member of the school board. “There really isn’t too much more that we can cut. It’s going to be tough.”
In fact, the board is bracing for more bad news, including less funding from the state, said Karoly.