GALION — An airplane hangar at the Galion Municipal Airport is now slated to undergo much needed repairs.

City Council granted authorization for Safety-Service Director Nicole Ward to enter into a contract for roof repair work on the large hangar at the airport. According to Ordinance No. 2021-98, the city will utilize the State Purchasing Program to obtain the roof repair services through the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA).Using the State Purchasing Program allows the city to obtain the services without going through a competitive bidding process.

The total cost of the project is not to exceed $73,506, according to terms outlined in the ordinance.

“This is to basically put a silicon coating over the large hangar at the airport,” Ward told Council during its meeting on Oct. 12. “It has several holes, several rusty spots. It’ll be a base coat, repair any holes, and then coat it in silicon product. The plan is to use (funds) from the CARES Recovery Act and then the third bunch of federal money we got to cover this (expense).”

Ward said JB Roofing, a commercial roofing contractor based in Tiffin, is the contractor for the hangar project. She said officials from JB Roofing noted that the estimated lifespan of the silicon coating is approximately 20 years. The large hangar at the Galion Municipal Airport was built in 1954, Ward said.

When asked why the city utilized the cooperative purchasing program instead of the competitive bidding process, Ward said two local roofing contractors reviewed the project and both said they could not take on the work for logistical reasons.

“The size and, I think, the scope of the project, the shape of the building,” Ward said. “This is one of those (projects) that is basically pre-negotiated for us. The company that submitted the bid, they then sent it to this NCPA. NCPA reviews the bid to make sure that it’s within guidelines, basically that they’re not overcharging us, and then they approve the bid. Then it comes to me from the Purchasing Alliance.”

City Council voted to suspend the rules and pass the ordinance as an emergency measure so the project can move forward. Council voted 7-0 on the rules suspension motion and then voted 7-0 to approve the ordinance.

Galion City Council October Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 19 — Economic Development and Airport Committee, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 — Finance Committee, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21 — Police, Fire, and Health Committee, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 26 — Regular Council Meeting, 7 p.m.

All Galion City Council meetings are conducted in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 301 Harding Way East. All meetings are livestreamed via The City of Galion Facebook page. Meeting videos are archived on the city’s Facebook page and the city’s website. For information, go to the City of Galion website, or contact the Clerk of Council at 419-468-9557.

By Andrew Carter

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