MIAMI COUNTY — The Board of Miami County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, approving seeking bids for the county’s annual resurfacing program that is set to repave and repair approximately 20 miles of roadway.
The commissioners set the bid opening date for June 6 for the Miami County Engineer’s 2019 Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing Program. Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp estimated the cost to be approximately $1.564 million for the annual project. There was also an additional estimate of approximately $311,000 for the cost of resurfacing township roads, for which the townships will reimburse the county. The project also includes alternates the commissioners requested for work at the Miami County Fairgrounds.
Commissioner Jack Evans asked how many miles would be resurfaced as part of this program. Huelskamp said they would resurface approximately 18.2 miles of county roads and 2.38 miles of township roads.
Both Evans and Huelskamp made comments that the past winter was tough on the roads.
“Cracks are really bad this year,” Huelskamp said.
The commissioners then accepted a quote and authorized the purchase of a camera system for the Miami County Animal Shelter. The animal shelter will be getting a camera system with nine cameras and a 16 Channel NVR System from Back Street Surveillance at a cost not to exceed approximately $1,722.
Following that, the commissioners authorized change orders for the Bradford Public Library parking lot addition project. The commissioners OK’d change orders of approximately $832 and $780 for the project to cover the costs of abandoning a septic tank that was discovered during the excavation and also to add extra electric wiring for the parking lot lighting. This increased the project amount to approximately $65,517. The commissioners allocated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation funds to the project up to the amount of $85,000. The Bradford Public Library would be responsible for any costs that went beyond the $85,000, but the project is “essentially completed,” according to Dan Suerdieck of the Miami County Department of Development.
The commissioners also authorized the negotiation of a contract with the Marsh & McLennan Agency of Dayton for health insurance and benefit brokerage services. Commissioner Ted Mercer abstained from the vote as Mercer utilizes the Marsh & McLennan Agency for his private business.
Following their regular session, the commissioners held a meeting with Advocate Solutions on the county’s ongoing telephone system and networking project to update the county phones, networking, and cabling systems. Advocate Solutions is the county’s consultant on this project, and they analyzed the needs of the different county departments. The project is approaching the time for the request for proposals for the telephone system portion of the project, which will compare hosting services versus having an on-site telephone system.
The county is also seeking to replace networking equipment and cabling in county departments in order to upgrade that equipment to modern standards and replace any worn out equipment. The county will be requesting quotes on the networking portion of the project and requesting bids on the cabling upgrades. This is expected to happen later this summer.
Advocate Solutions expects to begin working with those vendors once they are properly vetted and approved, by around August with the system installations completed by the end of the year. A representative from Advocate Solutions estimated the cost to be around $900,000, plus or minus $200,000 depending on where the bids fall. There may be additional equipment costs. Hosting services for the telephone system would have a lower upfront cost, but Advocate Solutions estimated it would have a monthly cost of approximately $10,000-11,000.
Representatives from a number of county departments were present during the meeting.
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