Fremont reservoir receives plaque before completion

FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) - The water reservoir in Fremont does not have water in it, but it does have the plaque it should get when it's done.

The plaque was installed in January, and the water reservoir project has been in the works for 4 years, but the fact that it is not yet complete, and there is no date set for its completion, has some people angry that the completion plaque was placed prematurely.

The city needs the reservoir to store clean water from the Sandusky River when nitrate levels get too high, and the process of building the reservoir has been complicated with various setbacks, including the contractor shutting down and issuing a change order, which has halted work.

However, officials say the ordering the plaque is standard procedure.

"We didn't know there were going to shut down, so the plaque got ordered.  You're talking about a $30 million project and disputing over a $2,500 plaque.  It makes no sense," said Jerry O'Kenka of the city of Fremont.

City officials say the reservoir has 3 to 4 weeks of work left, and they hope to be able to work something out with the contractor when they go to mediation at the end of the month. From there, they can move forward.

The project is slated to be done in October.

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