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NEW CONCORD A former professor and village councilman earned recognition Monday for his many years of service to the Village of New Concord.
Alan Chaffee was named the Dedicated Public Servant and feted with a reception prior to the regular council meeting last night.
A native of Michigan, Chaffee embraced the village from the moment he arrived as a young faculty member of what is now Muskingum University. He was so enchanted by the community that he spent his entire professional career here.
With a passion for the restoration and preservation of historic homes of southeastern Ohio, it was perhaps natural he would become a member of the Harper Cabin Board of Trustees for which he served for 25 years, Council President Brett Essex said.
For 20 years, he has served on the New Concord Planning Commission and he continues to serve in that capacity.
He is best known, perhaps, as a member of Village Council, an office he held until he retired in December after 27 years. During that time, he was chairman of the safety committee for 20 years and council president for eight years.
Al was a role model for me when I came on council, Essex said. Sitting beside him, he guided me as a young, sometimes spirited, new person on council. He gave me a lot of good advice.
In other action last night, council awarded a contract to Zemba Brothers for the installation of a new utility line on North Friendship Drive.
The winning bid was $59,814.27, infrastructure committee Chairman Robert Dickson said.
The engineers estimate for the project had been $55,000.
The cost of stone right now is so high that the project came out a little higher than we would have expected, Dickson said.
The Zemba bid actually was the second lowest, about $2,600 more than a bid from Crossroads Construction, a start-up contracting business from Cambridge.
Dickson said his committee suggested approval of the Zemba bid, based upon a recommendation by the project engineer.
The breadth of Zembas experience well documented in the bid proposal was the deciding factor, village officials suggested.