FORT JENNING — The bidding process for an upcoming sanitary sewer project at Fort Jennings Park has been pushed back. Mayor Jim Smith hopes council will be able to award the bid at the Oct. 16 meeting. According to Smith, the bids will be forwarded to Poggemeyer Design Group for review prior to the vote.
“We aren’t in a hurry to get this project started,” Smith said. “I think they prefer to do these kinds of projects in the winter when the ground is harder and it’s easier to dig. According to the grant rules, the project must be completed by July 1. That’s the only stipulation and I don’t think there will be a problem with that.”
The grant was approved through the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement program.
The project’s estimated cost is $42,525 with the grant totaling $24,428. It is a 50-50 match.
A sanitary sewer line will be installed from Second Street north of Fort Jennings State Bank to and under the Auglaize River and to the Fort Jennings Park Board recreation building at the west entrance of the park. The new line will make it possible to install new restrooms at the park.
Smith will also apply for an Issue 1 grant for improvements to Second Street. The estimated cost of the project is $43,000. The grant is a 50/50 match.
“This project is smaller so I’m hoping we might be able to get funds again,” Smith said. “We’ll apply for it and find out in a couple months if we get and if we do, we can start on that after July 1.”
Smith told council he is still waiting for the final claim information from the June 29 storm and said when he had that, he will apply to FEMA for any reimbursement the village is entitled to.
The next meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the library.