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1/8/2019 - Greensburg Board of Works Meeting
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The Greensburg Board of Works met Monday evening. Police Chief Brendan Bridges appeared before the board to seek approval to move forward with obtaining a 3rd K-9 for the department. After the 3rd K-9 was trained, one would be assigned to day shift with two assigned to night shift. Chief Bridges reported that the purchase would be made with donations with sufficient money already raised to move forward. The 3rd K-9 would be trained as narcotics detection and bite while the first two have been trained for narcotics and article search. He pointed out that other law enforcement agencies in Decatur County do not have a K-9, so having 3 K-9's would allow the police department to provide increased support. He also stated that the day shift K-9 could be used to assist Community Corrections during house searches.He noted that the department made 9 narcotics arrests over the weekend, with 6 coming from an executed search warrant. The board authorized moving forward with obtaining a 3rd K-9.
Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Plant
Superintendent Jeff Smith submitted the final payment to Strand and Associates for $104,218.14 for the plant expansion project. He also submitted a retainage release letter. Retainage is a portion of the agreed upon contract price deliberately withheld until the work is substantially complete to assure that contractor or subcontractor will satisfy its obligations and complete a construction project. The owner usually releases retainage that's allocated to subcontractor work that has been completed. Additionally, he submitted a contract extension with Strand and Associates from October 2018 through April 1st, 2019 for engineering services. The board approved each request.
City Clerk-Treasurer Ashlee Green and representatives of First Financial briefed the board on potentially changing providers for credit and debit card collections and expanding city offices that accept cards including the water, planning, and police departments along with the clerk's office. The First Financial representatives conducted a review of the May payments for the water department. The water department is currently paying 1.71% in processing fees. First Financial's fee is currently 1.49% which would save the water department $200 per month. There is a one-time, $160 purchase fee per machine with no contract required for length of service. The expansion to other departments would assist with the large number of individuals that want to make debit or credit card payments instead of cash. The board approved the change.
The board will hold its next meeting on February 4th at 5:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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