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11/5/2019 - Greensburg Board of Works Meeting
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The Greensburg Board of Works met Monday evening. City Engineer Ron May announced that the state awarded the city $504,601.86 for four Community Crossings Matching Grant projects. The project costs are a 50/50 split between the city and state, with the state matching up to the award amount. Mr. May pointed out that the bids for the projects came in less than the amount awarded when factoring in the city's share. The individual projects with specific information regarding streets that will be resurfaced will be provided in reports over the course of the next week. Project 1 was awarded to Globe Asphalt with a bid of $359,524.50; Project 2 was awarded to Globe Asphalt with a bid of $336,777.40; Project 3 was awarded to Pavement Solutions, Inc. of Middletown, IN with a bid of $93,318.80; and Project 4 was awarded to Globe Asphalt with a bid of $159,653.20. Later in the meeting, Mr. May submitted, and the board approved, the Local Roads and Bridges Matching Grant Agreement.
Tara Hagan of Ara submitted pay application 7 for $92,971.34 for the Main Street improvement project. The funds will go to Schutte Excavating and will be completely paid out of grant funds. She expects one more pay application as final completion is achieved for the project.
Bryan Robbins, Executive Director of the
Economic Development Corporation, requested $1,675.00 to pay Key Research and Analysis from Ara to conduct an income survey. He explained that, in 2013, 54.5 percent of households were considered low to moderate income level. Currently, that percentage has dropped to 45 percent. The drop, while positive on the surface, restricts the ability to apply or receive many Community Development Grants. The self-funded survey will give a clearer view of the actual percentage of low and moderate income households and will be able to use all information available, not just information from the last census. The board approved the payment.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Jeff Smith requested, and received approval, to dispose of a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 that has mechanical issues beyond the value of the vehicle. The vehicle will be donated to the Greensburg Fire Department for training and then disposed.
Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges requested, and received approval, to purchase a 2020 All Wheel Drive Ford Explorer from Don Meyer Ford from funds in the department's 2020 budget. The department will dispose of a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria that has become a fire hazard. Chief Bridges also received approval to donate a transport cage to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The cage is 5 years old and does not fit any of the police department's current fleet of vehicles.
Darren Burkhart from HNTB provided a briefing on the construction of the new water plant. He noted that the contractors have taken advantage of the good fall weather to ensure work will continue throughout the winter. Mr. Burkhart stated that he will provide quarterly updates to the board.
Greensburg Fire Chief Steve Garrett reported that the department did not receive the SCBA grant. He provided information to the board regarding possibly purchasing what he described as "must have" items. The total cost would be about $275,000 for equipment with a 15 year usage life. He noted that he will come back before the board during the December meeting to make a formal request for funding.
Washington Township Trustee Christian Rust informed the board that the new tanker will be available in about 360 days with the new pumper available in about 435 days. Once the new trucks are received, 3 vehicles in the current fleet will be sold.
Mayor Dan Manus noted that the Veterans Day Parade will take place on November 11th at 5:00 pm, finishing at the Veterans Memorial. He also provided the board members with a list of projects that have completed over the past 4 years and he expressed his appreciation for the board's diligent work to improve the city.
The board will hold its next meeting on December 2nd at 5:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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