Change order for Main Street project tops $70K

After the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety approved a $70,000 change order and pay application Friday morning for the Main Street sewer replacement project, the board members heard that the project encountered a problem.

The change order request was for Wessler Engineering, Fort Wayne.

Brian Davison, wastewater treatment utility manager, said about $33,000 of the $70,410 total change order “was for the next reach of pipe (120 feet long) beyond the project we were supposed to. That next reach of pipe was discovered to be in really poor condition, so we went ahead and replaced it while we were there.”

The rest of the change order was because they ran into poor soils, extra laterals, thicker pavement than expected and other corrections, he said. During the meeting, Davison said asphalt is scheduled for Wednesday.

After the meeting, Davison elaborated more on the problem that was discovered Friday.
“I don’t think it’s going to be too much of a problem. We have a manhole at the west end of the project with the whole bottom out. We’ve got to figure out how to fix it. A company is coming out Tuesday to look at it,” Davison said.

He said they want to try and maintain the project’s paving schedule, but the Main Street paving may be pushed back to Thursday.

In other business, the board approved:
• For Warsaw Parks & Recreation Department Recreation Director Sheila Wieringa to apply for a grant with the Kosciusko County Community Foundation for $5,000. The money would be used to continue support of the Central Park Concert Series.
• For Wieringa to apply for a grant with Kosciusko REMC Operation Round Up for $1,500. The grant would be used to continue support of the annual Family Carnival, which will be Aug. 4 in 2017.
• A contract between the Parks Department and Susan Grossman for $100. Grossman will offer a Yoga Basics workshop from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on four Wednesdays from Oct. 5 to 26 at the Pete Thorn Center gymnasium. Wieringa said she thinks the workshops will have better attendance than before since they’re being moved from lunch time to the evening.
• A Husky Trail project pay application for $1,470 to A&Z Engineering LLC for right-of-way acquisition services. The city will be reimbursed for 80 percent of the cost from the Indiana Department of Transportation. City Planner Jeremy Skinner said he believed this was the last pay application for engineering services for rights of way on Husky Trail.
Skinner said they’re hoping for bid letting to happen in December or January, with construction beginning in spring of  2017.
• An East Market Street project pay application for $9,587.52 for preliminary engineering services to VS Engineering Inc. The city will be reimbursed for 80 percent of the costs by INDOT.
Skinner said they’re just at the beginning stages of this project, but it’s moving along and a construction start date could be in spring 2018. He is scheduling a meeting with INDOT for within the next month.
• A Buffalo Street redevelopment project pay application for $6,834.48 for design engineering services by American Structurepoint Inc. The completion of the design for the project is very near, Skinner indicated.

At the end of the meeting, Skinner introduced his new assistant planner, Justin Taylor. Taylor is a Ball State University graduate who has been doing free lance work in Chicago.