REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD
January 14, 2014

 

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 January 7, 2014, and accept them as circulated. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Bid Openings:
There were no bid openings.

Mayor’s Comments:
Mayor Wood was not available for today’s Board meeting. Mr. West announced a brief staff meeting would follow today’s Board meeting.

Mr. West acknowledged all City departments and support services that provided “World Class Service” last week during the blizzard.

Department Head Reports:
Mishawaka Utilities General Manager Jim Schrader presented Utility Board Resolution 2014-01 Amending the Schedule of Compensation for the Sewer Maintenance Department for the Calendar Year 2014. He said the resolution corrects a clerical error for the 2014 wage rates for seven Sewer hourly employees and two Sewer salary positions. Mr. Prince moved to approve as presented. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Police Chief Ken Witkowski requested the Board’s approval to advertise to receive bids for up to eight (8) 2014 4-door all-wheel drive sedan Police patrol vehicles with trade of eight (8) vehicles to be opened February 4, 2014. Mr. Prince moved to approve as presented. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Chief Witkowski requested the Board’s approval to advertise to receive bids for up to eight (8) 2014 4-door front wheel drive Police patrol vehicles with trade of eight (8) vehicles to be opened February 4, 2014. Mr. Prince moved to approve as presented. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Chief Witkowski requested the Board’s approval to advertise to receive bids for one (1) 2014 all-wheel drive sport utility Police patrol vehicle to be opened February 4, 2014. Mr. Prince moved to approve as presented. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Wastewater Division Manager Karl Kopec presented an Escrow Agreement with HRP Construction and Lake City Bank for Windingbrook, Carriage Lane, and South Hampton Life Station upgrades and requested the Board’s approval. Mr. West moved to approve as presented. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Community Development Director Dave Thomas presented Change Order No. 1 Final Amended from John Boettcher Sewer & Excavating for demolition of 523 N. Cedar Street for an increase of $6,822.42 for an amended final contract amount of $66,488.06. Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Engineering Director Gary West presented Change Order No. 8 Final from Michiana Contracting for Church/Union Signal Modernization, Contract T-33244, for a decrease of $82,687.25 for a final contract amount of $1,636,638.78, and moved for its approval. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Approval of Claims:
There were no claims to approve.

New Business:
Mr. West indicated the Board has received a request to continue the hearing for Firefighter Eric Hazen, from Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. to Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

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

Public Comments:
Richard Barnette, 138 Guam, said he agreed with Mr. West’s comments regarding snow removal.

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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