WARSAW — The majority of the Warsaw Board of Works, held this morning, Jan. 6, consisted of approving contracts for Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department.
Warsaw Park’s Superintendent Larry Plummer and Recreation Director Sheila Wieringa were present at the meeting. Three of the contracts presented were for the Central Parks Concert Series. Kari Lynch, country artist, will return on June 2; Matchsellers, bluegrass duo, will perform for the first time on June 9; and Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, will return on May 26. All three contracts were approved.
“These Friday night concerts are really popular,” commented Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer. “I appreciate your hard work with them.”
The board also approved contracts for Kara Schafer to instruct four Coffee and Canvas classes, Derek Tenney to DJ for the Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance, Our Father’s House to cater for the Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance, Ice Creations to carve pumpkins at Fall Family Fun and Incredible Bats to put on their bat display at Fall Family Fun. Additional contracts approved without discussion included Monster Message for three Family Movie Nights, Karen Smith to instruct a Yoga workshop and Charles Ray Jr. to instruct two fly fishing workshops.
Park representatives presented annual agreements to the board. The first agreement is with Anderson Property Management for maintaining the gardens at Central Park. This will be the park’s sixth year working with Anderson Property Management. Agreements with Pike Lake Preservation Association, Center Lake Preservation Association and Winona Lake Preservation Association help with the preservation of the lakes and maintaining the shorelines in area parks. All agreements were approved.
The last item of parks business consisted of the board accepting a Kosciusko REMC Operation Round-Up grant. This grant goes towards funding the Family Carnival and keeps the ticket prices affordable for all families.
The Warsaw Police Department presented an agreement with Stanley Security for video surveillance system replacement and a new access control system. The agreement will ensure that the department is safe and all equipment will be maintained by Stanley Security. The total cost is $42,925, with $32,298.55 of the cost being funded from the 2016 police budget. The board approved the new agreement.
In other news:
- A taxi permit application was approved for Ride on the Rocks.
- The wastewater department presented a change order for the Main Street sewer replacement project. It was approved.
- The wastewater department also presented a proposal for engineering design services for the Osborn stormwater pump station. The improvements would change the way the pump system operations, making it no longer manually operated. The board approved.
- The wastewater department presented an agreement with Broadvoice for phone service. The agreement was approved.
- Public Works was approved for an agreement with Waste Management for dumping fees.
- A pay agreement from the office of planning for the Buffalo Street redevelopment project was approved.
- Human resources presented an amendment to the employee dental plan, making children appointed by the court to employees applicable, and various travel requests. All was approved.
- An agreement with Stanley Security was presented for City Hall. The contract is similar to the Police Department’s contract with less services. The agreement was approved.
- The next meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23.