Williams County Commissioners Award Center Township Road Project To Bryan Excavating

By: James Pruitt

A Bryan company’s bid has won out over three competitors to perform improvements on Hogan Lane in Center Township.

The Williams County Board of Commissioners unanimously selected the bid of Bryan Excavating at its meeting April 7. The winning bid came in at $187,691.50, far below the engineer’s estimate of $231,724.50

Bryan Excavating’s bid beat out the following bids:
-Geddis Paving and Excavation, Toledo, $216,000
-Hohenbrink Excavation, Findlay, $194,217
-Gerken Paving, Napoleon, $196,811
The project will require prevailing wages be paid.

In other news:
Commissioners approved a subordination of mortgage request from the owners of a Montpelier business.

The owners of Cookies On Demand, Rebecca and Ronald Freese, has a Revolving Loan Fund agreement with the county. The Freeses asked the county to subordinate its mortgage position (second secured).

The owners have secured financing from First Federal Bank to expand its business and needed the county to agree to the subordination so it could buy out a debt to Sherwood State Bank.

Commissioners met with Beth Pool and Russ Davies of Andres, O’Neil & Lowe Agency, Tony Lloyd of Strategic Enrichment Services, and Julie Beagle and Cindy Mercer from the Williams County Auditor’s office.

A further discussion was held concerning voluntary insurance products and FSA accounts. The commissioners will review the information for the voluntary insurance products. At this time the commissioners stated they will not be pursuing FSA accounts at this time but may consider doing so in another year.

Commissioners met with Davies to talk about the county’s liability insurance coverage.

Discussion was held concerning raising the coverage from $8 million to $10 million. Also discussed was adding liability insurance coverage for foster parent coverage. Finally, a discussion was held concerning additional coverage for the county nursing home.

Davies said he will provide an updated invoice showing the cost of this coverage.

James Pruitt may be reached at

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