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3/5/2019 - Greensburg Board of Works Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Greensburg Board of Works met Monday evening. Bids were announced for the project for the sidewalks of the south side of the square. The city received a $600,000 grant from OCRA for the project. The low bid for the project was from Schutte Excavating at $474,991 and the board announced a tentative award of the contract to the company. Representatives from ARA, who will serve as the grant administrator, stated that no official award can be made until the release of funds from OCRA which is expected to take place in the next 2-3 weeks. It was noted that INDOT also will have questions prior to the issuance of permits. The representatives from ARA noted that as much of the grant as possible will be used, resulting in the city's contribution for the project being lower than the initial plan.

Terrah Nunley, Executive Director of Mainstreet Greensburg, requested closure of streets beginning at 7:00 pm on June 22nd for the Tenderloin Throwdown with the streets reopened around 7:00 pm on the day of the event, June 23rd. The set up will be the same as last year with the plan approved by the Street, Police, and Fire Departments.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Smith submitted bids from Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge for a half-ton pickup truck to replace the current 1999 model. After considering the bids, the board accepted the bid for a Ford half-ton pickup at a cost of $22,477. The truck will be available in 8-10 weeks. Mr. Smith then submitted bids for the Gas Creek Sewer project that will run about 500 feet from the intersection of N. Lincoln and E. Main Streets to the railroad tracks. The project will not require street closures, although there may be flaggers on E. Main Street for one day at most. The project will take place in mid-April. Mr. Smith recommended the bid from Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc. for just under $135,000 and the board accepted the recommendation and bid.

City Engineer Ron May submitted Change Order Number 4 for the Lincoln Street project. The change order is for a total of $28,203.60 for removal of one tree, a change in the finish on hand rails, and the extra cost incurred for using signs and barricades due to the project lasting longer than expected. Mr. May noted that the city Redevelopment Commission agreed to pay for the costs but requires Board of Works approval as the contracting agency. He noted that this will not be the last change order due to cost overruns and underruns.

Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper submitted bids for the contract for the CR 350W project. CR 350W is a short, dead end road at the edge of the Honda property. A logistics company had created a temporary facility at the end of the road and the city put a gravel road in place. The company now intends to expand to include a permanent structure and increase the number of employees. As a result, the city wants to put in an asphalt road. The city Redevelopment Commission will be paying for the project. Mr. Klosterkemper submitted the following bids: $99,350 from Milestone; $96,170 from Globe Asphalt; and $75,944.70 from Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc. Mr. Klosterkemper recommended, and the board accepted, the bid from Dave O'Mara Contractor, Inc.

Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges briefed the board on the need for a full-time IT Network Engineer. The individual would be a county employee with a salary of $100,000 with the salary a 50/50 split between the city and Decatur County. The engineer would report to a board of the department heads of the Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Decatur County Communications Management, Decatur County Emergency Management, Greensburg Police Department, and the Greensburg Fire Department. Chief Bridges noted that, at one point, deputies from the sheriff's department were unable to communicate with dispatch when in the Westport and Letts area. The five agencies currently depend on a contract engineer that is not immediately available to resolve issues. The major concern is that a failure in communications capabilities during a major emergency could result in serious injury or death of a first responder or citizen. Chief Bridges stated that the departments would like to have the IT engineer on board this year with pay coming from the public safety fund. He stated that he will provide more information, including what surrounding communities are doing, at future meetings.

Mayor Dan Manus presented the board with the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Emergency Dispatch Services with equal shares paid by the city and the county. The city's share is $398,894 and the board approved the agreement.

The board will hold its next meeting on April 1st at 5:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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