Works Board OKs Construction, Engineering Funds For Center Lake Trail

The Board of Public Works and Safety Friday approved two items pertaining to the Center Lake Recreational Trail Project.

City Planner Justin Taylor submitted a contract to the Board of Works between the city of Warsaw and A&Z Engineering LLC for construction engineering and bid documents for the Center Lake Trail Project. He said it is related to the engineering services related to the project to get started soon. According to information provided at the meeting, the design phase of the project will span the remainder of the year.

The Board approved the contract.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Larry Plummer requested the Board approve a donation from the K21 Health Foundation Warsaw Health Fund for the Center Lake Recreational Trail Project subject to the approval of the donation by the Warsaw Parks Board. The amount of the donation will be subject to the cost of the project.

The Board approved the donation.

In other business, the Board:

• Tabled a decision on approving a bid for the Lindberg Drive reconstruction. The Board opened two bids during Friday’s meeting. The first bid was for $1,199,859.84 from Phend & Brown with the second bid of $1,008,964 from G & G?Hauling and Excavating. City engineer Aaron Ott said he and Public Works Superintendent Dustin Dillion will look over the bids to see if they meet requirements. A recommendation will be brought to the Board at their July 1 meeting.

• Approved a pay application for the Anchorage Road project from Structurepoint for $4,322. Skinner said it is an 80/20 Indiana Department of Transportation-funded project. The Board also approved another pay application for $4,506.80 from Structurepoint for right-of-way services for the Anchorage Road Project.

• Approved an addendum in regards to some alley and access improvements at Miami and Union streets. Ott said it is near where some development in building houses is taking place. Ott said the city needs to expand the project in order to build safer ADA-compliant pedestrian and vehicular routes. The original contract with VS Engineering Inc was $18,700. The proposed increase is $14,200. The new total cost is not to exceed $32,900.

• Approved a proposal for the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory to proceed with the purchase of a 2023 Smeal Spartan Rescue-Pumper from Hoosier Fire Equipment Inc. for $861,329.  The WWFT Board approved a motion to proceed with purchase of the truck during its June 7 meeting. Fire Chief Garrett Holderman said the cost of the truck is going up another 6% as of July 1 if the territory doesn’t sign the contract before that. If the contract is signed before then, the price will be locked in at $861,329. Holderman said territory attorney Andrew Grossnickle has already looked over the proposal for the purchase. Holderman said the money to purchase the truck will come out of the 2023 budget.

• Approved a quote of $24,000 from S/T Bancroft Electric to install two electric vehicle charging stations. One of the stations will be on the northside of the Kosciusko County Courthouse, near the intersection of Buffalo and Main streets. The other station will be in the city parking lot near the intersection of Jefferson and Buffalo streets.

• Tabled a decision on road closures for the Kosciusko Fair Parade. Kristen Messmore, secretary of the Kosciusko Fair Board, requested road closures Friday. Board member Jeff Grose said the decision would be tabled as certain forms would need to be filled out before the Board could look at the request. He said someone would help Messmore after the meeting.