Westmoor sewer debt placed in escrow
By Patty Rice Groth
In order to protect the approximately $1 million dollar loan from the U.,S. Department of Agriculture on the Westmoor sewer project, the Crawford County Board of Commissioners chose to certify completion of the project as of December 31, 2012. This action was taken despite admitted problems which remain unresolved between Polk Township, Crawford County and the contractor, Elite Excavating Co. of Ohio Inc.
On February 28, 2013, the commissioners established a new fund to be used as an escrow account, under the direction of the county auditor. An account which has been inactive for a period of more than five years was reassigned to track expenses which remain due in the project, Account No. GG162.
In the same resolution, commissioners authorized the county auditor to release $45,518.70 to the contractor. That amount is the difference between the $107,224.20 received by the county from the USDA grant to complete the project and the county engineer’s estimate of $61,705.50 to actually complete the project.
Until the issue of ponding on the roads within the Westmoor sewer project are resolved, the $61,705.50 will remain in the escrow account.
In late February, Commissioners authorized the county engineer’s office to advertise for bids for the purchase of construction materials to be used in the county and townships during the 2013 construction season. The bid package specified amounts of asphalt, concrete, backfill, gravel and limestone. Bids to supply aggregate materials were received from Hanson Aggregates, Castalia, Kirby Sand & Gravel, Upper Sandusky, National Lime and Stone Company, Bucyrus, and The Olen Corporation, Upper Sandusky. Bids for asphalt materials were received from Bucyrus Road Materials, Bucyrus, and Asphalt Materials Inc., Oregon. For ready-mix concrete, bids were received from Buckeye Redy-Mix, Upper Sandusky, Moritz Concrete, Mansfield, and William Dauch Concrete Company, Norwalk.
The materials to be used in summer 2013 construction projects are purchased at the discretion of the county, township, city or village managing the project.
Turning its attention to the upkeep on the court house annex building on East Mansfield Street in Bucyrus, the board opened bids from The Charles Ritter Co., Mansfield, and Designs by Sharo, based in Bucyrus. The Charles Ritter Co. won a contract to provide window treatments for the building at a cost of $2,664, beating Designs by Sharo’s bid by just $286.
In personnel matters, the board appointed Matthew S. Scheffler of Bucyrus to the position of assistant clerk to the commissioners. A Bucyrus resident, Scheffler will be paid $12 per hour on a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week. The usual 120-day probationary period started March 4.
In early February the board of commissioners approved termination of a new employee at the Job and Family Services office within the standard 120-day probationary period.
On the recommendation of the county data processing board, county commissioners approved the purchase of two new laptop computers with Microsoft Office Standard 2013 installed. The new laptops will be used by the county prosecutor’s office. Including shipping, the total cost of the computers is $2,935.22.
Two desktop computers for use by the county dog warden’s office were also approved, at a total cost of $1,979.38. These computers also will be equipped with Micorsoft Office Standard 2013.
The data processing board also recommended the purchase of one desktop computer with Microsoft Office Standard 2013 for use by the county clerk of courts — title department. The cost of that unit is $969.19. All of the computers approved were purchased from Dell Direct.
The county solid waste management district coordinator’s request for increased capacity of the recycling bin at the landfill was approved at a total cost of $17,237. That cost includes freight from Midwest Industries Inc. in Ida Grove, Iowa.