Maumee City Council awarded four contracts totaling $4,853,990 tonight for construction of a new garage and office building for the city's public service department.
The Spieker Co., of Perrysburg, received the largest, a $3,756,000 contract for general trades work on the 53,744 square-foot building at the service division's 210 Illinois Ave. headquarters.
Other contracts were awarded to Dimech Services, of Toledo, $646,515 for climate control and plumbing; Romanoff Electric, of Toledo, $402,375 for electrical work, and S.A. Comunale, of Fremont, $49,100 for a fire-protection system.
The council votes were unanimous except for Chairman Brent Buehrer's abstention from the Spieker vote, because of his architectural practice's work for various general contractors in the area.
Twenty-nine firms bid for the various contracts, and even with the inclusion of $185,525 in optional work, the total bid cost is 11.8 percent below the published engineer's estimate of $5,505,695 for the building.
Mr. Buehrer said the bidding was very good for city taxpayers, while reflecting the continuing depressed state of the region's construction industry.
"Our timing on bids was as impeccable is it possibly could have been," he said.