PC FLIP is ready for action

May 14, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Ben Black from Kleinfelder out of Bowling Green opens bids for the FLIP Plan A/Phase 1 paving project on May 9. (Submitted photo)

City officials, representatives of Kleinfelder of Bowling Green and prospective contractors gathered on May 9th at 11 am in Port Clinton City Council Chambers for the long-awaited bid opening for the Forward Looking Infrastructure Project (FLIP) Plan A / Phase 1 paving project.

Doug Nusser, Port Clinton Special Projects Coordinator and former Project Manager at Kleinfelder, was among the group present for the bid opening.

“FLIP is comprised of nine projects and more than a dozen funding sources. Plan A / Phase 1 is the second of these projects to go out for bid and will involve approximately $4.3 million of paving primarily in the western end of the city,” Nusser said.

Port Clinton Safety Service Director, Tracy Colston, is ready to begin work on the project.

“Best case scenario is, we are moving asphalt sometime this summer,” Colston said. “Kleinfelder will be checking the math and other specifics of the bids received, and then they will deliver the apparent low bid package to the USDA for final authorization. The USDA has between 30 and 60 days to give construction authorization.”

In mid-April, the Lakeshore Drive sidewalks and enhanced crosswalk portion of FLIP was awarded to Perram Electric, Inc.

Mayor Mike Snider is optimistic about where FLIP is today and where it will be going over the next several months and years.

“It’s been a long time coming. Five of us met in the City Hall Conference Room on my second day as mayor back in March, 2019, to discuss the concept of FLIP. Several community discussions, dozens of pieces of legislation went before City Council for consideration and hundreds of meetings and decisions at City Hall got us to this point,” Snider said. “I’m so very thankful for everyone who has played a role in FLIP. This process hasn’t been easy. If it were, it would have been undertaken decades ago. Now, understand, we certainly are not done, but we’ve just taken a very large leap forward for the community.”

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