September 23, 2014


The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by President Gary West at 10:00 a.m. All members were present. Mr. Watson moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of September 16, 2014, and accept them as circulated. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Quote Opening:
Quotes were opened for the demolition of 401/403 E. Third Street and 3722 Lincolnway East and are summarized below:

Jackson Services, Rochester, IN $55,000.00 30 days
Indiana Earth, Osceola, IN $44,035.00 Not specified
C & E Excavating, Elkhart, IN $46,343.57 30 days
Ritschard Bros., South Bend, IN $57,463.00 20 days
Grade-Rite Excavating, Granger, IN $38,950.00 Not specified

Mr. West said the quotes will be forward to the Department of Community Development for their review and recommendation.

Mayor’s Comments:
Mayor Wood said several departments are preparing for the Lineman Rodeo to be held this Friday and Saturday in Beutter Park. The public is welcome.

Mayor Wood announced a staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.

Department Head Reports:
Fire Chief Dale Freeman requested the Board promote Jared Norton from his current rank of 1st Class Firefighter/Paramedic – EMS Division to the rank of Lieutenant – EMS Division to fill a vacancy in that rank, effective September 23, 2014. Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Building Commissioner Brock Hundt presented the Building Department statistics for the month of August, 2014. He said estimated construction costs were $51,763,000.00 vs. $35,684,000.00 at this time last year.

City Planner Ken Prince requested the Board award the bid for interior plumbing and sanitary sewer project at Central Services Facility to HRP Construction, the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $373,000.00, and moved for its approval. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Mr. Prince presented a Professional Service Agreement with Lawson-Fisher Associates for construction engineering services on the Central Park Improvement Project for the not-to-exceed amount of $261,125.00, and moved for its approval. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Approval of Claims:
There were no claims to approve.
Mr. West set a hearing date for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. for Transient Merchants License for T.C. Tree Farms for the sale of Christmas Trees and Wreaths at 4917 Grape Road.

New Business:
There was no new business.

Old Business:
A request for Notice of Recognition of Encroachment submitted by Bethel College for installation of a directional sign on Lowell Avenue continued under advisement.

Unfinished Business:
There being no additional business brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:12 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


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