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Bryan council OKs park restroom project

Bryan City Council Monday night took a couple of actions related to the Lincoln Park Inclusive Playground, which is under construction.

Council accepted a $134,000 donation from the Bryan Area Foundation to the parks and recreation department for the restroom portion of the project.

“This is not just from the foundation, the foundation was the body that held the money, so there’s a lot of people that have made donations for this $134,000 that will go towards the Lincoln Park restrooms,” said Bryan Parks and Recreation Director Ben Dominique.

Later in the meeting, council accepted the bid from Siebenaler Construction of Edon for the project based on its low bid of $155,225. There were four total bids, with the high bid being $197,570.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $195,514.

“As you remember, about two months ago we received bids and I came to you and asked you to reject the bids because they came in cost prohibitive,” City Engineer Brian Wieland said.

He said a couple of changes were made, such as lowering the height of the ceiling and changes in the flooring, and that lowered costs.

Money set aside in the capital budget will cover the roughly $21,000 shortfall from the donations to the cost of the restroom.

Mayor Carrie Schlade and several council members expressed their excitement for the project.

“I got so giddy when I came back from D.C. and part of the park was already up, and every day a little more goes up, so it’s pretty cool to see,” Schlade said.

“I know that there are kids in this community that are watching it go up that cannot wait,” she added.

Schlade said she talked to a young resident recently who has special needs who asked her how the park is coming.

“So I think they’re driving by every day to check the progress and she’s very excited,” the mayor added.

“Very much so looking forward to seeing the Lincoln Park project come together,” said council member Steve Alspaugh. “Just so proud of all those who have put time and energy and money into this project.

Dominique also thanked members of Bryan Municipal Utilities for helping to unload the two semi-truck trailers of equipment when they arrived.

“If it weren’t for the BMU guys ... we might still be down there unloading the semis,” Dominique said.

In other business, council:

Approved the final plan for the countywide 911 system. It will run through the end of the year.

Approved appointing Wieland to the District 5 Integrating Committee for the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Approved members to the fire and police dependents funds boards. Serving on the fire dependents board will be council members Richard Hupe and Mary Leatherman, Fire Chief Doug Pool, firefighter Gregory Grisier and Russ Davies. Serving on the police dependents board will be council members Jim Kozumplik, Hupe, Police Chief Gregory Ruskey, Jeremy Viers and Jim Livengood. These boards only function if there is a line-of-duty death of a member of the fire or police departments.

Heard from a resident asking for video of the meetings to be returned.

Approved fund transfers from the income tax to the general and streets funds, as well as to close the books on the Safe Routes to Schools grant.

Appointed Kozumplik and Leatherman to the negotiations committee. Schlade said the next issue will be renewal of the fire contract.

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