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2/22/2019 - Greensburg Redevelopment Commission Meeting
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The Greensburg Redevelopment Commission met Thursday evening. Mayor Dan Manus informed the commission members that the Decatur County Redevelopment Commission has pledged $500,000 per year for the next three years for the new water treatment plant project. He asked the commission members to match the pledge with the first payment in four years. Mayor Manus pointed out that the bond rates would be lower based on a reduced payback period. Commission member Darren Covington questioned why the cost of the project has increased significantly from the original projection and why engineering costs were not included in the original estimate. Darren Burkhart from HNTB stated that the original estimate was from 2015 or 2016. Mr. Burkhart noted that the estimated cost increased between 5-10 percent at the 30-50-90 percent design completion phases. He also noted that equipment and material costs are the most significant portion of the increase, in some cases due to tariffs when factoring in the amount of concrete and steel that will be used in the project. He stated that bids are currently scheduled to be received during the first week of April which will provide the total contract cost. Vice President Adam Wentzel noted that the request is not on the commission's project list. The project list would have to be amended to add the project and then approved by the Greensburg City Council. All of the commission members were in agreement that they would have to do their due diligence to see what funds are projected to come in during the requested payment schedule prior to taking any further action.
City Engineer Ron May provided an update on the Veterans Way, Phase II project. He noted that the city has not secured right-of-way acquisition of one parcel of property resulting in the city missing the ready for contract date for State Fiscal Year 2020 which runs from July 2019-June 2020. The next contract letting date is scheduled for July 2020 but could be earlier based on availability of funds from INDOT. He noted that there are utility relocations that can take place and will proceed on acquired properties. It was pointed out that Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper asked INDOT for additional funding and, as a result, the city will receive about $880,000 with part of the funds used to reimburse the RDC for funds spent as well as providing funds that are projected to be spent. Mr. Wentzel stated that receiving the funds is a significant, unexpected benefit to the city and commended Mr. Klosterkemper for his actions.
Mr. May then provided an update on the Lincoln Street project. He noted that sidewalks are completed and all streetlights are installed and operational. Topsoil and grading work is taking place as weather permits. He reported that asphalt plants are projected to reopen in early April with an expected project completion and reopening of Lincoln Street around the end of April. He submitted a change order for about $28,000 for additional equipment expenses since the project extended past the normal construction season.
The commission will hold its next meeting on March 21st at 6:30 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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