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Angola receives 2018 street project bids

By Ashlee Hoos

March 20, 2018

 ANGOLA — Bids were opened Monday night at the Angola Common Council meeting by Street Superintendent Doug Anderson for the 2018 Street Improvement Project.

The project is for reconstruction on Redding Road, South Elizabeth Street and Woodard Avenue. Reconstruction includes the roadway, asphalt paving, concrete curbing, gutter, sidewalk and driveway approach as well as site restoration.

Originally, the project was estimated at $528,150. Each of the four bids came in higher, with Clerk-Treasurer Deb Twitchell telling Anderson he does have the extra money on hand to cover the overage.

API Construction Corporation of LaOtto bid $569,661. Brooks Construction of Fort Wayne bid $533,245. E&B Paving, also of Fort Wayne, bid $686,244.50 and Parrish Excavating of Quincy, Michigan, rounded out the bids with a bid of $543,178.70.

Councilman Dave Martin motioned to award the project to the lowest responsible bidder.

Twitchell said the majority of the work is on Redding Road, with the project being 2,200 linear feet. The project is 440 linear feet on Elizabeth Street and 315 linear feet on Woodard Avenue.

Also presented to the council was an update from John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The partnership encompasses 11 counties and roughly 50 cities and towns in Northeast Indiana. It is a regional economic development organization serving Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

Its goals are to market and sell northeast Indiana to increase business investment.

“The partnership has done an outstanding job bringing everyone together,” said Mayor Dick Hickman. “It’s one of the most respected, organized partnerships in the state.”

Sampson said it has made fantastic progress throughout the region, with progress being made year in and year out.

“It’s about steady progress,” he said. “It’s about constant investment in the community.”

Sampson emphasized quality of place, while not as important in the past, is becoming important in ways never imagined before in the field of economic development. He also said the chief challenge for employers today is talent.

The region, he said, is making great progress in its business development opportunities and the collaboration is becoming very well known throughout the state.

“The objective is to be the best northeast Indiana we can be,” he said. “Mayor Hickman has given a lot of his time, sharing a lot of his time and himself with this partnership.”

Information on the partnership can be found at neindiana.com.