WARSAW — The city took another step toward purchasing a generator that will allow city hall to serve as an operations center in the event of an emergency.
The board of works and safety approved a request to apply for a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The money would be used to offset the cost of a generator that will cost about $85,000, said Staci Young.
Officials say the generator is needed to keep computer servers housed in city hall operating during extensive electrical outages. The servers keep key departments online and functioning and some of those would be needed in the event of an emergency.
City hall currently relies on a battery backup that can function for only a limited time.
Under the tentative plan, Young said the remaining portion of the cost could be covered by Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory.
In another matter, the board approved plans to use material from Rejuvtech, Inc. to apply to roads that were paved a year ago. The sealer solution helps extend the life of roads by keeping the pavement flexible and helps slow down the evolution of cracking, said Jeff Beeler, public works superintendent.
The city plans to purchase $87,395 worth of the solution and will pay for it from money in the street department budget.
The board also:
- Approved two education programs run through the stormwater utility department. Those include an education program through Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams. The other is a native plantings workshop through Heartland Restorations Services. Total cost for both is slightly over $13,000.
- Approved plans to purchase a Ford F-550 specialty truck that includes a crane. The price is $140,165 and was arranged through Auto Truck Group, of Colorado Springs, Colo. The dealer is in Matteson, Ill.
- Heard a request from Utility Manager Brian Davison asking residents to clear stormwater inlets of debris. If the inlet appears to be clear but is not draining, residents should call the wastewater plant at 574-372-9562.