By Caleigh Byrer
WARSAW — The Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety approved numerous contracts regarding Warsaw Parks and Recreation at its first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 9.
City of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Schaefer presented three contracts on behalf of Entertainment Resource Group, LLC:
- One performance by a national rock artist on June 16 at Glover Pavilion, in the amount of $25,000.
- One performance by a national blues artist on July 7 at Glover Pavilion, in the amount of $12,500.
- One performance by a national country artist on July 21 at Glover Pavilion, in the amount of $35,000.
Schaefer also presented a contract with Derek Tenney, DJ, in the amount of $300 for his services at the Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance Feb. 3-4.
All of these contracts were approved and will be covered by budgeted and sponsorship money.
The annual contract with Wayne Township was approved for the upcoming year despite a jump to $79,000, which is roughly $2,000 more than the previous year. This increase is intended to offset the extra usage of facilities, parks and programs within the township.
The allocation of $25,000 to each of three individual lake associations (Center, Pike and Winona) was approved to be used for preservation and conservation of the lakes.
Dustin Dillon, superintendent of the Public Works Department, requested permission to apply for the 2023 Community Crossing Grant through Indiana Department of Transportation.
An asset management plan and a five-year strategic plan were required to be eligible for the grant. Dillon reported the plans had already been approved, so the city of Warsaw is able to proceed with the application process.
The grant would be used for various paving projects within the city, but Dillon declined to provide details on the projects as a precaution if the grant were to fall through.
Dillon stated, “We’re still finishing up the engineering estimate, but the project is going to be close to $1 million. It’s a 50/50 grant.”
Receiving the grant and entering into a contract is not expected to happen before September, so the project would likely not begin until 2024.
The request to apply for the grant was approved.
Two taxi cab permits for L & L Taxi were also approved as both vehicles passed inspection, and all drivers held valid driver’s licenses, current insurance and current registration.
The next Board of Public Works and Safety meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20.