REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD
July 16, 2013

The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by President Gary West at 10:00 a.m. All members were present. Mr. Prince moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of July 9, 2013, and accept them as circulated. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Bid Openings:
There were no bid openings.

Mayor’s Comments:
Mayor Wood announced a staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.

Department Head Reports:
Fire Chief Dale Freeman announced that Nicholas Kaufman has 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 he be approved for probationary employment effective July 16, 2013. Mr. Watson moved that Nicholas Kaufman be approved for probationary employment effective July 16, 2013. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Building Commissioner Brock Hundt presented the Building Department statistics for the month of June. He said 894 permits have been issued so far this year vs. 840 at this time. Estimated construction costs YTD are $24,059,962.00 vs. $15,174,504.00 last year. The jump for this year is due to multi-family construction. Long Term Memory Care on Day Road and new McDonald’s on Bremen Highway are two of the largest projects for the month.

Street Commissioner Mike Watson requested the Board award the contract for concrete retaining wall containment area for 700 S. Union Street to L. L. Geans Construction, Mishawaka, the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $273,850.00, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Mr. Watson requested the Board award the contract for general construction at 700 S. Union Street to Larson Danielson Construction Company, LaPorte, the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $93,865.00, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Mr. Watson requested the Board award the contract for electrical services at 700 S. Union Street to Gemmer Electric, Mishawaka, the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder in the amount of $46,334.50, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Approval of Claims:
There were no claims to approve.

Approval of SRF Pay Applications:
There were no applications to approve.

New Business:
A request from Toscana Park and Villa Macri for a waiver of the Noise Ordinance to hold a tent party with live music on Friday, July 19 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight and July 20 from 12:00 p.m. to midnight with a rain date of Sunday, July 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mr. Prince moved to approve subject to normal conditions of approval and that live music must end at 11:00 p.m. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

A request from That Place Bar & Grill, 300 W. 6th Street, for a waiver of the Noise Ordinance to have live music on their outside patio on Saturday, august 17, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mr. Watson moved to approve subject to normal conditions of approval and that they may not block the public sidewalk in front or at the side of their building. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Old Business:
Mr. Prince moved to approve the request from The Res to hold a “Run for the Res” on Saturday, September 7, 2013, beginning and ending at Hums School using various city Streets and subject to St. Joseph County approving the route on their roadways. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

A request from HealthLinc to close a portion of West Fourth Street on August 13, 2013 for a “Back to School Health Fair” continued under advisement.

A request for Notice of Recognition of Encroachment submitted by Bethel College for installation of a directional sign on Lowell Avenue continued under advisement.

Administrative approval of Second Hand Store License Renewal received from Julie’s Used Appliances, 2302 Lincolnway West, continued under advisement due to previous building and zoning deficiencies identified on the property.

A request submitted by ASAP Towing Services for Towing Services Contract continued under advisement.

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

 

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