REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD

April 19, 2011

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by President Gary West at 10:02 a.m.  All members were present.  Mr. Prince moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of April 12, 2011, and accept them as circulated.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Mayor’s Comments:

Mayor Wood announced that a brief staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.

 

Bid Openings:

Bids were opened for Church-Main Connector (ENT 11-002) and are summarized below:

 

                        COMPANY                                                       BID AMOUNT

                        HRP Construction Inc.                                      $3,792,000.00

                        Selge Construction Co., Inc.                            $3,454,405.78

                        Walsh & Kelly                                                   $3,979,853.70

                        Rieth-Riley Construction, Co.                            $3,281,787.89

 

Mr. West indicated the bids would be taken under advisement for review, evaluation, and recommendation by the City’s consultant.  The Engineer’s estimate for this project was $3,967,000.00.

 

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Ken Witkowski announced that two recruits, Scott Robinson and David Ruiz, had successfully completed all department testing and investigation, doctor’s physical examination and approval by the Police Pension Board.  In addition, both recruits graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana on April 15, 2011.  Chief Witkowski recommended they be sworn in as Probationary Patrol Officers.  Mr. Watson moved for the approval of Recruits Scott Robinson and David Ruiz to be sworn in as Probationary Patrol Officers.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Mayor Wood swore in Scott Robinson and David Ruiz as Probationary Patrol Officers for the Mishawaka Police Department effective April 19, 2011.

 

Fire Chief Dale Freeman announced that Shawn Goeller and Chad Walther had successfully completed the written Firefighters Aptitude Examination, the Physical Agility Test administered by the Mishawaka Firefighter Pension Board as well as the medical and psychological testing required for becoming a member of the Mishawaka Fire Department.  He also recommended that they be approved for probationary employment effective April 19, 2011.  Mr. Prince moved that Shawn Goeller and Chad Walther be approved for probationary employment effective April 19, 2011.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Mayor Wood swore in Shawn Goeller and Chad Walther Probationary Firefighters for the Mishawaka Fire Department effective April 19, 2011.

 

Interim Human Resources Director Bonnie Bonham presented Board Resolutions 2011-05 through 2011-08 Amending Policies for Medical Certification and Continuing Employment for all Fire Department employees.  Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Park Superintendent Mike Faulkner submitted a request to remove a tree and stump in the right of way at 611 E. Marion Street and 438 N. Mason Street.  The trees have been analyzed and recommended for removal by the Park Department landscaper.  Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

City Controller Yvonne Milligan requested the Board approve Resolution 2011-04 authorizing funding for a High Cube Van with Video Inspection Equipment for the Sewer Department for a total amount of $424,900.00.  Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Ms. Milligan requested the Board approve the Agreement for Sale of Note to the Local Public Improvement Bond Bank per Resolution 2011-04, payable in five years, one payment per year, at an interest rate of 2.14%.  Mr. Prince moved to approve as presented.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Engineering Director Gary West presented a Professional Service Agreement with Lawson-Fisher Associates for materials and presentation of training to Sewer Department in the amount of $10,900.00 and moved for its approval.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Mr. West requested the Board approve the Certificate of Substantial Completion of Holy Cross Parkway Lift Station dated February 28, 2011, and moved for its approval.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Approval of Claims:

Mr. Watson moved to approve nineteen (19) Claim Dockets for Utilities and Civil City as submitted by City Controller Yvonne Milligan for a total amount of $7,682,548.72.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Approval of SRF Payments:

There were no applications to approve.

 

New Business:

A hearing for Police Dispatch Grievance 2011-1 has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 106.

 

Old Business:

Mr. West said Pone Express has withdrawn their request to close the 1600 block of Milburn Boulevard on June 23 for a Fund Raiser, but will re-submit a letter of request to close a portion of Meridian Street.

 

Mr. West indicated the hearing for Grievance 2011-1 filed by the Mishawaka Professional Firefighters Local #360 originally scheduled for April 26, 2011 has been postponed indefinitely.

 

Open Items:

Grievance Hearings #10-01 and #10-02 originally scheduled for February 22, 2011 have been continued indefinitely until such a date that the City’s witness is available.

 

Unfinished Business:

There being no additional business brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

 

Gary West – President of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board

 

Kari Myers, Clerk of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board

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