WARSAW — A supplemental agreement in the engineering for the Husky Trail Roadway Improvement Project was approved Friday by the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety. The agreement is to incorporate a roundabout type intersection at Husky Trail and Mariners Drive.
The addition of a roundabout will add $66,750 to the design services. While the project is an 80/20 project with the state, the city will be solely responsible for engineering costs of the roundabout.
Mayor Joe Thallemer stated for safety reasons the roundabout is being explored due to the potential increase of activity at the intersection. “It is a better solution in the long run,” Thallemer stated adding eventually stop signs would need to be replaced with a traffic signal. This would keep traffic flowing.
Conversation has been held with Warsaw Community Schools, which is in full agreement with the roundabout. It is proposed to be designed to adequately accommodate large trucks and school buses. Skinner stated the goal is to let bids on the project in early 2016. Skinner noted the funds for the design will come from Eastern TIFF district funds and this project was on the district project list.
Other action included approval to close part of Canal Street from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12, for Family Safety Day. The portion to be closed will be in front of the parking lots to Central Park.
During review of new hire/change in payroll report, Roger Long and Joshua Salsgiver were listed as replacement employees for the building inspector and building commissioner respectively. Salsgiver has begun his position immediately, while Long will begin his position in September. It was also noted Fire Chief Mike Brubaker will take the position of assistant fire chief during the transition period after Sept. 1.
During other business:
- Granted permission to move forward with the bidding of a new rescue truck for the fire department.
- Approved the release of a mortgage, for a home on Clark Street, through the Warsaw Housing Opportunities of Warsaw Home of Your Own Program.
- Approved the purchase of a new tornado siren for Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Station 2 from J&K Communications, Columbia City, for $26,599.33.
- Approved the replacement of the roof on Station 2 at a cost not higher than $31,512 by Robinson Construction, Warsaw.
- Accepted grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the amount of $4,128.27 from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant; $7,000 from the DUI Task Force Indiana and $12,000 from Operation Pull Over.
- Approved a 36-month agreement with Comcast Business Class for PRI/Internet service for the new phone system, a $230 per month savings.
- Pay applications were approved in the amount of $4,833.60 for Husky Trail engineering services, $37,565, for right-of-way acquisition services both to A&Z Engineering, LLC, Fort Wayne.
- A per hour contract for as needed engineering service with Troyer Group Inc., was approved. The company’s services would be used on an as needed basis for small projects to determine the best course of action.
- Approved payment to Niblock Excavating, Bristol, in the amount of $261,893.26, on the East Market Street Improvements. Also approved was a $50,358.75 change order for projects unforeseen at the time the project was bid. These changes included the rebuilding of the Johnson Street intersection, replacement of a storm sewer along the west side of Johnson Street and construction related modifications which occurred.
- Approved a contract with Faegre Baker Daniels for an employment law workshop for all department heads, a cost of $4,200.