Bids for North Vernon's new reservoir were opened at the Utility Service Board Monday night to the relief of at least one key person-engineer Richard Morin.
"I feel pretty good," he said Tuesday afternoon. "Bids came in reasonably where we expected."
While the lowest bid was more than the engineer's estimate of $295,000, it came in below the construction budget of $3.5 million. Two of the bids were a scant $11,693 apart, which Morin said was a good sign "that they (the bidders) understand the project."
Bidding on the work were:
C & H/M Excavating, Inc. out of Milan: $4,004,426;
Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc, North Vernon: $3,376,573;
Layne Heavy Civil, Inc., Orleans: $4,569,281; and
Mitchell & Stark Construction Co., Medora: $3,388,266.
The Utilities Service Board scheduled a special meeting Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to award the bid. Since O'Mara was the lowest bidder, it is expected the local company will get the work. Ironically, its closest competitor, Mitchell & Stark, was awarded the $4.26 million job at the wastewater plant last year which O'Mara also bid on.
Pollinator gardens are sprouting up all over the county, and now you, too, can learn the basics and even delve deeper into these gardening favorites.
A Seymour man died Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Buckeye Street/U.S. 50 at West Flintwood Drive on North Vernon's east side.
The talent was evident during the 16th annual Art in the Country day camp at Swirlz Studio near Commiskey.
At the Jennings County Fair Tuesday night, a different type of wrestling was featured. Pig wrestling proved to be a popular event with several teams signed up to participate. The fun continues throughout this week with a variety of activities planned for both the grandstand and elsewhere on the fairgrounds. The mud will return to the grandstand on Saturday when the annual mud sling competition returns for another year.
The Jennings County commissioners' plan to purchase a building to house the county's Purdue Cooperative Extension Service offices has run into a snag - a $15,000 snag.
"I'm at wit's end trying to think what we can do," said Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3). "This is a tough situation."
The problem is that the building the county wants to purchase appraised lower than the price the current owner will sell it. The property is located at 203 N. State St. at the northwest corner of Poplar Street, in North Vernon. It includes the Commerce Square Building, which formerly housed the Cardinal Insurance and Alpha Insurance agencies, and parking lots in front and back.
Three months ago, the owner, Larry Sporleder, agreed to county's offer of $250,000 for the property. The owner is the third cousin of Matt Sporleder.
By state law, the county can pay no more than the average of two appraisals made by independent out-of-county firms. Those appraisals came in last month at $225,000 and $195,000, an average of $210,000.