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Oregon on Monday will award bids for the South Recreation Complex stormwater improvement project.

Ropper Construction, of Willard, Ohio, and Landscape Design by Moritz, of Oregon, had the lowest and best bids for the project, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.

“They do meet our best bid criteria,” said Roman.

Bids were opened for the project on July 1 for the construction and landscaping of the stormwater improvements that will be installed in the parking lot medians of the South Recreation Complex.

Ropper submitted a bid of $44,755 for excavation and construction. The next lowest bid of $47,210.69 was submitted by Kohne, Inc., of Oregon, followed by a bid of $52,841.50 from Gleason Brother LLC, of Holland, Ohio. Schoen, Inc., Toledo, bid $55,420.70.

Landscape Design by Moritz submitted a bid of $19,606.10 for landscaping. Deitering Landscaping Inc., of Leipsic, Ohio, bid $23,397.20; Ropper Construction, Inc., bid $23,999; and Davey Resource Group, of Kent, Ohio, bid $29,092.28.

The project consists of the construction of storm water treatment cells that capture and treat stormwater runoff from parking lots. The project will be completed at the South Recreation Complex soccer fields, off of Starr Avenue Extension. Cells are created with an engineered soil mix and planted with specific plants that help to either trap or uptake stormwater contaminants, as well as reduce runoff volumes during rain events. There will be different cells created adjacent to existing parking lots near the soccer fields. Partnering with Clay High School students, the city will also have public information signage on site to help explain the storm water practices to the public.

The project is fully funded by an Ohio EPA Stormwater Improvement Fund (SWIF) grant the city received in 2012. The project was redesigned and then rebid in order to remain under the SWIF grant amount of $105,758.

The original bids exceeded 10 percent of the budgeted amount, requiring the city to rebid the project, said Roman.

“We were forced to go back and redesign. We reduced it by 60 percent,” said Roman. “This newer design is a little bit better. It concentrates the work more in the center of the parking lots for the soccer complex. I think it will be less intrusive.”

As part of the redesign, five cells were deleted from the first project, leaving four cells in the middle of the parking lots to be constructed. To lower the material costs for the project, the city will be purchasing and hauling the engineered soil mix to the project site. The city was able to secure a better price for the engineered soil mix than the contractors who were bidding the project.

The soil will be purchased from Woodville Nursery, said Roman.

“It is a combination of sand and mulch,” he said. “But it is very specialized and has to be mixed in a certain way.”

The project is a demonstration to the public on stormwater improvements, said Roman. Educating the public on the project is a requirement of the SWIF grant. Clay students are working on signage design and associated research.