REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD

November 10, 2009

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety/Utility Board was called to order by Vice President Mike Watson at 10:05 a.m.  All members were present except Mr. West.  Mr. Prince moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of October 27, 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 Roger Shields had been appointed Weights and Measures Inspector for the City filling the vacant position left by Rob McKown.

 

The Mayor also said a brief staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.

 

Department Head Reports:

Fire Chief Dale Freeman said in order to fulfill the 2009 Fire Department Contract Agreement he recommends that Firefighter Brent Lake be promoted from 1st Class Firefighter to the rank of Master Firefighter effective November 14, 2009.  Mr. Prince moved to promote Brent Lake from 1st Class Firefighter to Master Firefighter effective November 14, 2009.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Park Superintendent Mike Faulkner submitted a request to remove two trees and stumps at 711 N. Mason Street.  The Park Department landscaper has analyzed the trees and recommended their approval.  Mr. Watson moved to approve the removal of two trees and stumps at 711 N. Mason Street.  Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

 

Sewer Maintenance Department Manager Tom Dolly requested the Board award Best Equipment for the purchase of the Mini Push Camera System at a cost of $8,988.00.  Mr. Prince moved to approve the purchase of a Mini Push Camera System from Best Equipment for $8,988.00.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Assistant Engineering Director Christine Jamrose, on behalf of Gary West, presented a Professional Service Agreement with DLZ for a topographical survey of Milburn Area Sewer Improvements, Division “H”, for a lump sum amount of $45,000.00.  Mr. Prince moved to approve Professional Service Agreement with DLZ for topographical survey of Milburn Area Sewer Improvements, Division “H”, for a lump sum amount of $45,000.00.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Ms. Jamrose presented Change Order No. 1 from Michiana Contracting, Inc. for the North Side Traffic Signal Modernization for an increase of $40,572.00 for a new contract amount of $464,703.50.  Mr. Prince moved to approve Change Order No. 1 from Michiana Contracting, Inc. for an increase of $40,572.00 for a new contract amount of $464,703.50.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Approval of Claims:

There were no claims to approve.

 

 

 

Public Hearings:

Mr. Watson opened the public hearing for a Secondhand Store License for “Disc Replay”, 5016 Grape Road.  Alan Jackson, owner, applicant, was in attendance to answer questions.  Mr.  Jackson said he owns one location in Lafayette and that has gone well and there aren’t any of these stores in this market.  Mr. Jackson said it is a great location and he will follow all procedures for buying used items. 

 

Mr. Watson closed the public hearing.  Mr. Prince moved for the Board’s approval of the secondhand store license for “Disc Replay” at 5016 Grape Road.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

A public hearing was held for a Transient Merchants License for T.C. Tree Farms, at 4917 Grape Road, to sell Christmas trees from November 23, 2009 through December 23, 2009.  Terry Crane, applicant, was in attendance to answer questions.  Mr. Crane said he proposed to sell Christmas trees at the same location as the past ten years.  There were no concerns stated from any of the Department Heads and no additional comments from the public.

 

Mr. Watson closed the public hearing.  Mr. Prince moved for the Board’s approval of the Transient Merchants License for T.C. Tree Farms at 4917 Grape Road to sell Christmas Trees from November 23, 2009 through December 23, 2009.  Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

 

Old Business:

A request submitted by Ruth’s Christ Steak House, 902 E. University Drive, to hold a tailgate tent party on Saturday, November 14, 2009, was reviewed by the Board.  Chief Witkowski said Police has approved the request.  Music will be played until 8:00 p.m.  Liquor sales will cease at 11:45 p.m., and Ruth’s Chris will provide security for the event.  Mr. Prince moved to approve the request subject to the standard conditions regarding public safety and noise control.  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 10:17 a.m.

 

Mike Watson – Vice President of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board

 

Kari Myers, Clerk of the Board of

Public Works and Safety/Utility Board