REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD

April 28, 2009

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by President Gary West at 10:03 a.m.  All members were present.  Mr. Prince moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of April 21, 2009, and accept them as circulated.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Bid Openings:

There were no bid openings.

 

Mayor’s Comments:

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

 

Department Head Reports:

Mishawaka Utilities General Manager Jim Schrader submitted a request to dispose of the 1985 AT&T Merlin telephone equipment that was removed from the books in 2002.  Mr. Watson moved to declare the AT&T Merlin telephone equipment as surplus and approve its disposal.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Staff Attorney Cory Hamel presented a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Public Works and Safety and Mishawaka EMS effective 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2010.  Mr. Prince moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Public Works and Safety and Mishawaka EMS to be effective 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2010.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Park Superintendent Mike Faulkner submitted requests for tree and stump removal and two new tree plantings at 325 Miami Club, and for a tree planting at 620 Webster Street.  The Park Department landscaper has analyzed these trees and has recommended the removal and plantings.  Mr. Watson moved to approve the above as submitted.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Street Commissioner Mike Watson moved the Board to authorize receipt of bids for Sodium Chloride-Highway Salt Enhanced for the Street Department to be opened Tuesday, May 26, 2009.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

City Engineer Gary West moved the Board to approve plans and authorize the receipt of bids for Holy Cross Parkway Lift Station Force Main Phase IIC (Frank Park – Catalpa 2,013 linear feet) to be opened May 19, 2009.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Approval of Claims:

City Controller Yvonne Milligan requested payment approval of claims for Utilities and Civil City as listed below:

 

#900128                 $   4,158.74

#900130                 $  87,864.23

#900131                 $150,602.06

#900132                 $  94,780.40

 

NOTE ONLY:

#900129                 Park Docket

 

Mr. Prince moved to approve the aforementioned claims.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

New Business:

A request has been received from American Legion Post 308 for a Fallen Heroes Family Ride on May 17, 2009.  The ride will begin at the Wal-Mart on Portage Avenue in South Bend and end at the American Legion Post in Osceola.  The ride will enter Mishawaka from the south on US 331 (Union Street), proceed to US 33 (Lincolnway East) and turn east to Osceola.  They do not expect traffic to be stopped.  Chief Witkowski said Mishawaka Police would be unable to provide an escort due to President Obama’s visit for Notre Dame Commencement ceremonies.   St. Joseph County has indicated the same.  The request was taken under advisement. 

 

A request from Twin Branch School to close Ballard Street between Vistula and Lincolnway for their annual “Field Day” for Twin Branch School students was reviewed.  They requested to close Ballard Street to traffic at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2009 and reopen the street at 2:30 p.m.  Mr. West moved to grant permission to close Ballard Street between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 28, 2009.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Old Business:

Mr. West said a request from Haupert Construction & Co. to extend the date to keep the north/south alley closed for roofing and siding project at Schindler-Richard Insurance Agency, 112 Lincolnway East due to delays caused by the weather and moved the Board to approve its closure through the end of this week.  Mr. Prince suggested setting a date of May 8.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Public Comments:

There were no public comments.

 

Unfinished Business:

There being no additional business brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 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