March 17, 2009



The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by President Gary West at 10:03 a.m.  All members were present except Mr. Prince.  Mr. Watson moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of March 10, 2009, and accept them as circulated.  Mr. West seconded; motion carried.


Bid Openings:

There were no bid openings.


Mayor’s Comments:

Mayor Rea deferred to Fire Chief Dale Freeman who introduced Derron J. Hess as Firefighter of the Year for 2008.  Chief Freeman said Mr. Hess had been with the department for 14 years and has exemplified the finest traditions of the Mishawaka Fire Department.  In addition to his certifications as Firefighter I/II, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Haz Mat Technician, Instructor, and others, he is also a member of the Honor Guard which helps to showcase our department and volunteers his time at the Burn Camp for children.    


Mayor Rea proclaimed March 15th – 21st as “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” and shared some tornado facts. 


Mayor Rea also announced that a brief staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.


Department Head Reports:

Chief Freeman said tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Mishawaka Fire Department’s “Survive Alive House” and invited all to attend the open house from 7:00 – 8:30 tomorrow evening.


Building Commissioner Brock Hundt said he passed his certification test for residential buildings and is now certified for residential structures.


Park Superintendent Mike Faulkner submitted a request to trim a tree at 917 Grand Boulevard and remove one tree and stump in the right-of-way at 730 Indiana Avenue.  The trees have been analyzed and recommended for trimming and removal by the Park Department landscaper.   Mr. Watson moved for the Board’s approval to trim one tree at 917 Grand Boulevard and remove one tree and stump at 730 Indiana Avenue.  Mr. West seconded; motion carried.


Wastewater Treatment Division Manager Karl Kopec presented Amendment No. 1 for the Professional Services Agreement with Greeley and Hansen, LLC for Flow Monitoring and System Model Update for the CSO Long Term Control Plan for the added amount of $70,100.00 for a new contract not-to-exceed amount of $343,000.00.  Mr. Watson moved for the Board’s approval of Amendment No. 1 from Greeley and Hansen, LLC.  Mr. West seconded; motion carried.


Engineering Director Gary West presented a Professional Services Agreement with Lawson-Fisher Associates for investigation and design services for Juday Creek Forcemain and Trunk Sewer Repairs for an amount not-to-exceed $90,823.00 and moved the Board to approve same.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.



New Business:

Mr. West said a request for disabled parking has been received from the resident at 219 E. Catalpa Drive and has been reviewed by the Mishawaka Police Department’s Traffic Bureau.  Upon their review, the Police Department recommends that this application be approved.  Mr. West moved to approve the disabled parking request for 219 E. Catalpa Drive Boulevard.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.


Other New Business:

A Permit Application renewal for Pleasureland Museum located at 114 W. Mishawaka Avenue has been received and forwarded to the Mishawaka Police Department for review. 


Open Items:

The Sunburst Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2009, is still under advisement.


Public Comments:

There were no public comments.


Unfinished Business:

There being no additional business brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:21 a.m.



Gary West – President of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board


Kari Myers, Clerk of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board