Lone Bid On Opdycke Barn Project Outstrips Williams County Estimate

Opdycke barnBy: James Pruitt

It’s back to the drawing board for Williams County Engineer as only a single bid was received for work on the Opdycke Barn roof.

The bid was from an Indiana man who offered two bids for various roof types and both were more than than the 10 percent overage of the engineer’ estimate. The county is going to receive $75,000 from the state to renovate the barn.

Dan Plum of the Engineer’s Office opened the bid from Marvin Schwartz. The bids were for a standing seam roof for $72,842.55 and a stone-coated steel roof for $87,413.29.

Engineer Todd Roth estimated the cost at $57,383.26. With 10 percent allowed, the maximum bid was $63,121.59

Schwartz does not have a lot of experience bidding on public projects, Plum said.

The commissioners will discuss the matter further will Plum and Roth, Lewis Hilkert said.

In the board’s general session, the commissioners:

Approved a new copier/color printer for the Probate Court for a price not exceed $6,415.

Approved hiring an attorney to represent JFS Supervisor Anna Meyers who is charged with misdemeanor dereliction of duty for failing to report a report/incident of child abuse or neglect to the proper law enforcement authority. The incident occurred between October and December 2014.

The incident was a separate part of an investigation conducted by Sheriff Steven Towns.

Meyers is scheduled to be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1 in Bryan Municipal Court.

According to the resolution approved by the board, Meyers “attempted to perform her official duties in good faith and well-intentioned manner.”

The county hired the Toledo-based law firm of Spengler Nathanson PLL. Rates for attorneys are $225 an hour, $200 an hour for associates and $115 an hour for paralegals.

The commissioners heard a quarterly update on health insurance costs from CEBCO rep Melissa Bodey. The county is part of the consortium that works to keep expenses downs for the respective counties.

The county has 713 people covered under the plan (including employees and dependents). While most of the information is confidential, through June 30, the county is spending $1.18 for health care for every $1 it takes in.

Dental costs are 78 cents for every $1 received. The goal is $85 percent and the total should change by the end of the year, Bodey said.

Hereditary disorders remain one of the top conditions that has a high medical cost, along with breast cancer and hepatitis. Diabetes care is split between medical and prescriptions.

As for prescriptions, 26 percent are generics, 71 percent are single-source drugs and 3.5 percent are multiple source drugs.

Of the 713 people covered, 275 have yet to have an office visit.

While the Affordable Care Act is not having an impact on the participants in the CEBCO consortium, it is still impacting the county, Mike Kurivial of First Insurance said. The ACA requires the policy to help subsidize coverage for everybody with a fee of $35,000 a year, he said.

“The individual marketplace is getting hammered and many providers are pulling out,” Kurivial said.

Fewer carriers means higher rates, which isn’t so bad for those getting a subsidy, but is a pain for those who pay 100 percent.

“It’s a bad situation,” Kurivial said.

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