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2/6/2018 - Greensburg Board of Works Meeting
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The Greensburg Board of Works met Monday evening. City Engineer Ron May, sitting in for Street Superintendent Mark Klosterkemper, opened bids for fuel, concrete, stone, and sand. Fleetcorp (Speedway) and Premier Ag Cooperative submitted fuel bids for unleaded and diesel. The board decided to take the bids under advisement to allow time to review the bids. Raver Ready Mix was the only company to submit a bid for concrete and the board accepted the bid. The bid was a $3.00 increase across the board from 2017. The board agreed to take the stone, sand, and gravel bids under advisement. New Point Stone Company was the only bid for stone and gravel. The only area with multiple bids was for ice control sand with New Point Stone Company submitting a bid for delivered product at $11.65 per ton with County Materials from Columbus submitting a delivered product bid of $10.30 per ton.
The board approved road closures for the 6th Annual St. Mary's On Eagle's Wings 5K scheduled for August 25th.
Andy Scholle updated the board on the status on two deeds of dedication for city right-of-ways. The board approved the deed for East Hendricks Street near the Free Methodist Church. The board approved the deed for the Old Newman's building on West Street contingent on signature and payment of past and current property taxes by the city to the Decatur County Auditors office.
The board approved payout number 10 for about $250,000 to Strand and Associates for the wastewater plant project.
Police Chief Brendan Bridges introduced K9 Kato with his handler, Officer Hershberger. Chief Bridges requested that the K9 policy include a K9 Commander to ensure program compliance and to serve as a liaison between the Chief and the K9 handler in areas such as training and documentation. The policy will set a handler selection process and includes a 2 year commitment for a handler. He also briefed the board on the Reserve Officer Program. Chief Bridges stated that City Ordinance says that a Reserve Officer Program exists. It is an uncompensated position. He suggested 3-4 Reserve Officers that could ultimately help in the recruitment process for new officers.
Chief Bridges also provided the board with an annual department report. He reported 15,339 calls for service in 2017, an increase from 14,196 in 2016. The total number of arrests in 2017 was 1015 compared to 578 in 2016. He attributed the increase in total arrests to having a fully staffed department. He stated that he has already begun to see an increase in arrests in 2018. He did point out that juvenile arrests decreased from 55 in 2016 to 39 in 2017. Board member Carol Perkins shared her experience during her ride along with Officer Chris Bridges.
Donna Lecher submitted, and received approval for, a contract for no more than $25,000 to Umbaugh and Associates for general accounting. The funds come from the water and sewer general fund. The contract is an increase from $21,000 in 2017.
The board will hold its next meeting on March 5th at 5:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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