Commissioners Considering New Funding Plan For Ditch Project

By: James Pruitt

An alternative plan to fund repairs to Ditch 2119 will be presented to the full county board May 17.

The plan spreads the cost out among individual property owners to lower the per parcel cost.

Fulton County has the second highest number of ditches in the state and board chairman Paul Barnaby said farmers can’t grow anything if the soil is wet.

In other news, the board approved advertising for bids for the 2016 asphalt resurfacing project. County engineer Frank T. Onweller has estimated the project cost at $2,159,547.

Sealed bids will be accepted until 9:35 a.m., Tuesday, May 31 at the commissioners’ office at the courthouse. For more information, please contact the engineer at 9120 County Road 14, Wauseon, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Commissioners approved a 10-year lease with the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities for five buses, five vans and one car. All the vehicles are used.

Commissioners approved a substantial completion certificate for the elevated water tank THM reduction system project at the fairgrounds.

The work performed by OK Electric included labelling all new circuit breakers in the existing panels; lower the sprayer assembly in the tank necessary to prevent water from entering weir box and ice formation/equipment damages; secure the control panels rack/frame in the base of the tank.

No bids were received for the reconstruction of Fulton County Road M between Road 23 and State Route 66.

Commission President Paul Barnaby said no one could get their bids to within 10 percent of the engineer’s estimate of $864,000. The county will seek bids again.

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