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Published: Tuesday, 2/6/2007

Maumee hires Findlay firm

Maumee City Council yesterday hired the Shelly Co., of Findlay, to make infrastructure improvements to the vicinity of Shops at Fallen Timbers at a cost of $5 million.

The project calls for sanitary sewers, a water supply line, and storm sewers to be installed, plus roadway treatment and traffic signal installations along portions of Russell Road and Fallen Timbers Lane, Maumee Public Service Director Larry Gamble said.

Mr. Gamble said the project will include improvements to the ramps connecting the Anthony Wayne Trail and Fallen Timbers Lane.

Four other contractors submitted bids, all of which came in below an engineer's estimate of $5.6 million.

City Council also awarded the Mannik and Smith Group a contract in the amount of $62,500 to provide support and engineering services for the infrastructure improvement project.

In other business, the fire department reported that though city residents and business tenants lost $102,900 in property value from fire damage in 2006, the cumulative loss was still an improvement of $436,110 from 2005.

The department cited the improvement to "the continued effort of the fire prevention bureau's rigorous safety inspections, extensive training, and knowledge of the fire division personnel that is utilized on fire scenes and [leads] to quick response to fire incidents."

The department also reported it is down three firefighters from its authorized number of 55 and is actively trying to recruit qualified volunteers.

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