REGULAR MEETING OF THE MISHAWAKA
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY/UTILITY BOARD
June 10, 2014

 

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 June 3, 2014, 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 reported Probationary Firefighter John McMillen, Jr., has successfully completed his one year probationary period and recommended he be promoted to First Class Firefighter effective June 4, 2014. Mr. Watson moved to approve as presented. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Building Commissioner Brock Hundt presented the Building Department statistics for the month of May, 2014. He said estimated construction costs for May were over $19,000,000.00 due mainly to Costco ($15,000,000.00 warehouse and $960,000.00 fueling facility); School City also had over $900,000.00 costs for roofing repairs at several buildings, and $400,000.00 for new “Five Below” store.

Engineering Director Gary West requested the Board award the bid for Cleveland Road Reconstruction between SR 23 and Fir Road to Walsh & Kelly, South Bend, the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $1,096,424.40, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Mr. West requested the Board retain Midwest Reporting, South Bend, for transcription of Zwickl hearing on June 17, 2014, and moved for its approval. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Mr. West presented Change Order #2 from R & R Excavating for Fir Road Widening for an increase of $58,628.25 for a new contract amount of $1,045,578.73, and moved for its approval. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Approval of Claims:
Mr. Watson moved to approve sixteen (16) Claim Dockets for Utilities and Civil City as submitted by City Controller Becky Miller for a total amount of $2,520,741.70. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

New Business:
A request from Pit Stop Pub, 1753 E. 12th Street, to hold a motorcycle judging competition in the parking lot on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mr. Prince moved to approve the waiver of noise ordinance and subject to all normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

A request from Jerry Macri for a Waiver of Noise Ordinance for the 5th Annual Italian Festival at Toscana Park with live music on Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Mr. Watson moved to approve the waiver of noise ordinance and subject to all normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

A request for a fund raiser to be held in the northeast corner of the Town & Country Parking Lot on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with closure of Miracle Lane between National Guard office and World Gym/Mega Play. Mr. Prince moved to approve subject to owner approval and all normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Mr. West presented a request for a disabled parking space for 318 W. Mishawaka Avenue. Based on the review and recommendation of Captain Spencer of the Mishawaka Police Department, Mr. West moved approval of the request. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

A request was received to close the cul-de-sac on River Pointe Place for a neighborhood party on June 21, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mr. Watson moved to approve subject to all normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

Old Business:
Mr. Prince moved to approve the request to close Clay Street between Jefferson Boulevard and Borley Street on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for a block party subject to all normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Watson seconded; motion carried.

Mr. Watson moved to approve the request from WSBT Radio Group in conjunction with Heritage Square to hold WNSN Bands on the Blacktop Party with three live bands, DJ, and tent to be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., subject to live music ending at 12:00 a.m. and subject to all other normal conditions regarding public safety. Mr. Prince seconded; motion carried.

A Utility Board hearing set for Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear a Utilities complaint appeal by Phillip Zwickl.

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

Unfinished Business:
There being no additional business brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:28 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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