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1/19/2018 - Greensburg Redevelopment Commission Meeting
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The Greensburg Redevelopment Commission met Thursday evening. The commission elected officers for 2018 with David Weigel reelected as President and Adam Wentzel reelected as Vice President with Jody Coffman serving as Secretary.
City Engineer Ron May briefed the commission on the Project Status for Veterans Way, Phase II. He stated that the consultant continues to work on design. Right-of-way acquisition remains a significant issue, with appraisals higher than anticipated at the start of the project. Mr. May pointed out that right-of-way acquisition can, at times, lead to litigation and recommended that the commission hold an executive session. An executive session was scheduled for February 1st at 6:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall. Mr. May pointed out that the city was required to ask INDOT for money for right-of-way acquisition before the appraisal process. The costs are projected to be about $700,000 over the anticipated level. The total overage appears to be the city's responsibility funded by the RDC. Mr. May stated that INDOT has been asked for additional funding, although construction costs will probably be lower than initially projected. INDOT is currently reviewing the right-of-way appraisals.
Street Department Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper stated that two of the appraisals were exceedingly high, with one parcel that would require driveway removal that could affect accessibility and change the flow of traffic. Redesign options will be considered. The construction engineering agreement was initially budgeted at $800,000 but is expected to be closer to $350,000. This would reduce the city's share from $160,000 to $70,000. The initial construction cost was about $5.2 million, but may come in closer to $3 million. It was pointed out again that right-of-way acquisition remains critical, with a scheduled completion date of September 6th.
The discussion then shifted to the Lincoln Street project. The design process continues and the city is required to submit a signed contract prior to April 15th. Mr. May projected opening bids around April 1st with bids received by April 8th and contracts forwarded shortly after that date.
The commission approved paying two claims, both to American Structurepoint. The first, for $14,500 was for right-of-way services. The second claim was for just under $5,700 for design services.
The commission will hold its next regular meeting on February 15th at 6:30 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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