Pioneer sewer bid opening

Nick Szymczar, left, of Helms & Sons Excavating Inc., of Findlay, speaks to Williams County Commissioners after the bid opening for the Pioneer sanitary sewer pump station project on Monday. Behind the podium, from left, are commissioners Lew Hilkert and Terry Rummel (Commission President Brian Davis was present but not in the frame). Looking on are, from left, Pioneer Village Administrator Al Fiser and, with back to camera, Dennis Bell of Bell Engineering.

The Village of Pioneer’s proposed sanitary sewer pump station and Clark Street and Industrial Drive sanitary sewer extension project drew just one bid for the bid opening Monday.

Helms & Sons Excavating Inc., of Findlay, submitted the sole bid for the project, at $724,359, while the village engineer’s estimate from Bell Engineering, of Bryan, pegged the project cost at $664,087, including a 10% contingency ($60,371.55).

The bid appears to be just under the 10% overage that would trigger an automatic rebid.

Nick Szymczar, of Helms & Sons, told commissioners after the bid opening that the current high cost of materials, including fuel, was responsible for the bid price.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported in September a 30% increase in building product costs over 2020, including products such as building paper and building board mill, asphalt, plastic water pipe and structural metal joists and concrete reinforcing bars.

“The prices of a subset of building materials were stable in 2020 but have seen substantial price increases in 2021,” wrote NAHB economist David Logan in this Eye on Housing blog from Sept. 9.

“Some building materials and inputs to building materials have seen especially acute increases over the last three months. Of the goods analyzed here, nine experienced price increases exceeding 20% between April and July,” Logan added.

Economists have mentioned the inflationary pressures percolating through the booming U.S. economy and the short-run dynamics of demand and supply for the higher prices.

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