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4/2/2019 - Greensburg Board of Works Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Greensburg Board of Works met Monday evening. Jill Pratt from the Greensburg/Decatur County Public Library requested street closures from 9:00 am - 11:30 am on June 26th for the Touch a Truck event. The board approved the request.

Wastewater Plant Superintendent Jeff Smith and a representative from Strand and Associates opened bids for the forced main project under Sand Creek. The project will take place between Edgewood Acres and the sewer plant. The bids were as follows: Midwest Mole - $113,525.00 and C&HM Engineering - $79,861.00. The bids will be taken under advisement with a decision during the May 6th meeting.

Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper requested to dispose of the department's 1995 Ford F700 truck since the new truck has arrived. The old truck was originally used as a garbage truck and then as a dump truck. The board decided to dispose of the truck as scrap.

Police Chief Brendan Bridges updated the board on several programs that will be taking place.
On Saturday, May 11th, a bike rodeo will take place in the City Hall parking lot. The department received grants that will allow distribution of free bike helmets. Chief Bridges noted that there were 5 bikes struck by vehicles last year with 1 fatality. During the 2019-2020 school year, the police department will work with the elementary school administrators, counselors, and teachers with the Second Step program for grades K-5. The program will include every class in the school. The program includes training on recognizing and reporting bullying and social and emotional issues taught by counselors, with officers teaching child safety and body safety. Chief Bridges reported that the department is working to host a Youth Camp this summer to familiarize children with each public safety organization. The camp may include reserving the bowling alley and swimming pool one day during the camp. During late fall, the department will host a Citizens Academy focused on defensive tactics with special emphasis on high school senior females prior to moving on to college.
The department is also putting together a firearms safety program.

Chief Bridges noted that the department will be hosting National Night Out on August 6th during the 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm timeframe. This year's event will take place at North Park. The purpose of National Night Out is to concentrate law enforcement and community support in an area with an above average crime level. The event is designed to make the presence of the community known in the area. The event will include a cookout.

Chief Bridges then discussed the proposed IT Engineer. He noted that he researched other cities and all of them have an IT Engineer. Based on the average pay, the city would need $60,000-$70,000 with a match from the county. Chief Bridges expressed the opinion that there should be a committee with representatives from the Board of Works, City Council, Police Department, Sheriff's Office, County Commissioners, and County Council at a minimum. Rick Emsweller volunteered to be the Board of Works representative with Darrell Poling volunteering to be the City Council representative.

Chief Bridges then discussed and requested the purchase of 8 pursuit cargo storage drawers for the department's vehicles. The storage drawers cost $1,410 each for a total of $11,280. Payment would come from the machinery and equipment fund. The board approved the request.

Fire Chief Steve Garrett requested $17,000 from the Cumulative Fire Fund to repair the Rescue 1 truck. The fund currently has about $71,000 and the board approved the request.

City Engineer Ron May provided an update on the Lincoln Street project. He noted that the asphalt plants opened on April 1st and it takes about a week for the plants to get to a temperature to produce material. He noted, pending any weather issues, that paving operations will begin around April 8th. There is milling work on the last block of the project that will take place on Thursday. He expects, dependent on weather conditions, for the project to be completed by mid to late April. He also provided updates on INDOT projects for the county, including the replacement of a bridge north of I-74 and road work from the SR 3/US 46 junction to I-74. The SR 3/US 46 project will include work on intersections of several city streets.

Mayor Dan Manus presented the Washington Township Fire Department contract. The board approved the contract. Building Commissioner Kathy Reynolds updated the board on new software her department is using to track the permit process and plans to include code enforcement in the future.

The board will hold its next meeting on May 6th at 5:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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