Preble County Commissioners met Wednesday, July 23, and discussed the non-completion of the Seven Mile Road Bridge project, which is almost two months behind schedule.
Preble County Engineer Kyle Cross said the bridge was supposed to be completed May 31, but the U.S. Bridge company is now asking for an extension until Aug. 29.
Due to the winter and lost work days, Cross said they felt it was fair to grant the extension. The next completion date was set for July 23, but that date was also not met.
Cross said a letter he received July 22 from U.S. Bridge said they had “lost track of time for the project.”
“To me, that is an indication that our project doesn’t matter to them,” Cross said.
One of the reasons they stated for the delay was one component of the project arrived May 16, when it was supposed to arrive in the middle of April.
“Basing your delay on a particular piece that was delayed by four weeks, now your coming back and using that as your justification for a six-week extension, the math doesn’t add up,” Cross said.
Cross proposed, and the commissioners approved, a seven-day extension for U.S. Bridge, at which time U.S. Bridge will meet with Cross to figure out a reasonable timetable to complete the bridge renovation.
“Realistically, it should not take them ‘til the end of August,” Cross said. “They could shorten that by at least a week, if not more. They’re really showing no priority to getting this done, no sense of urgency to it.”
Cross said the county has worked with the company in the past and didn’t have any major problems before.
The commissioners also met with Assistant Solid Waste Director Beth Wright and Sanitary Engineer Randy Gilbert to discuss E-Waste Collection and Recycling Requests for Proposal. Wright said they received two proposals in response to the RFPs, one from Green Wave Computer Recycling in Indianapolis and another from Filmar Technologies in Michigan.
“When Randy and I looked over both proposals and we scored them on the RFP scoring solutions, we basically had come to the conclusion that Green Wave was the better of the two,” Wright said.
Wright said the proposal from Filmar was vague and light on details. She also said the company did not work with many schools or other solid waste districts, compared to Green Wave, which has worked with 179 schools and 15 other solid waste districts.
Gilbert said Green Wave gives back one dollar per laptop, while Filmar gives back 10 cents per pound. Gilbert made the point that there aren’t many 10 pound laptops out there to equal Green Wave’s dollar. Green Wave also picks up recyclables within a week of scheduling, but Filmar was ambiguous on that topic.
“We think Green Wave gave us the best proposal, so we’re recommending that we proceed forward with executing a contract with Green Wave,” Gilbert said.
Three other bridges were also discussed at the meeting, and commissioners approved a resolution granting permission to the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation to complete bridge replacement projects for Greenbush Road over Plesant Run, Concord Road over Four Mile Creek and Halderman Road over Ridenour Run.