Construction of the Pandora Dollar General Store entered its infancy early this week - Putnam Sentinel
Construction of the Pandora Dollar General Store entered its infancy early this week. (Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)

PANDORA — It is back to the drawing board for plans for the new village lift station as no bids were received for the project.

During the Aug. 27 council meeting, council heard an update on the project from Village Administrator Rick Morrison. A bid opening for the new $212,000 lift station project was supposed to be held Aug. 22, but no bids were submitted. Mr. Morrison said four prospective contractors picked up a packet regarding the project, but none were returned.

Mr. Morrison said he spoke with Andy Shuman, project manager with Choice One Engineering of Sidney, about the issue. Mr. Schuman reached out to some of the proposed contractors about any possible concerns regarding the project. Mr. Morrison said one contractor expressed concern with the length of time for completion of the project while another contractor said there was not enough profit margin involved. That contractor suggested adding another $40,000 to the project would make the project more appealing. Completion of the project was anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

Mr. Schuman said they can try to rebid the project again in the fall with construction still possible this winter depending on the weather. Mr. Morrison said adding $40,000 to the project would be “ludicrous.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Morrison reported construction of the new Dollar General store has started. A deal was reached last November with Dollar General officials where the village will be paid $65,000 for 1.45 acres in the village industrial park. In exchange, the village agreed to improve utilities and the road condition to the area. Mr. Morrison reported the farmer who has a lease to the land in the industrial park has a crop planted. The farmer will need to be compensated for the loss of the land and the crop in this area due to the store construction.

When asked about the size of the new retail store, Village Solicitor Scott Basinger said he believes the store will be the same size as the Dollar General in Columbus Grove and Beaverdam. Dollar General has been in business since 1939 and has more than 15,000 stores in 44 states.

Mr. Morrison reported he has been looking into improvements to their asset management program. He has researched a company that can put all the information on the village’s hydrants and valves and where they are located on a tablet. Now the staff uses an old binder that has that information.

“I think it would be a good tool for us,” Mr. Morrison said.

Mr. Morrison has also been in touch with a company called Sonic Solutions that uses ultrasound waves to destroy algae. The cost would be $5,849 with a three-year warranty. Equipment can be rented at a cost of $3,354. After a 90-day period, if they want to continue using the equipment, that rental cost is subtracted from the $5,849.

Mr. Morrison also reported they are working hard on property maintenance issues in the community. Police Chief Scott Stant said when they get complaints, they talk with the individuals to ward off problems.

“If you drive around town, things are looking better,” Mr. Morrison said.

In other business, council:

• approved a one-time annual forgiveness of a resident water bill in the amount of $182.16.

• Lori Rayle, chief deputy for the Putnam County Recorder’s office, appeared before council to announce her intention to seek the Republican nomination for Putnam County Recorder.

• Chief Stant reported Heather Kohls will be the instructor for the program, “Stop the Bleed” at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Riley Township Fire Department.

The next regular meeting of the Pandora Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the village offices.