By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Several road closure requests for upcoming events in downtown Warsaw were approved during a Jan. 20 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
Kosciusko County Velo Cycling Club Vice President Greg Demopoulos presented requests for the 18th annual Fat & Skinny Tire Festival, taking place on May 19. Various road closures will occur in downtown Warsaw from 2 p.m. until midnight as the race and additional festivities progress.
Demopoulos said the club has worked together with Warsaw Police Department and Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory on the road closures. WWFT is willing to temporarily stage personnel and trucks from Station One elsewhere during the event.
Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Manager Scott Wiley also attended the board meeting and requested closures for Main Street Warsaw’s Third Friday events from April through September. Main Street Warsaw is moving from First Fridays to Thirds due to conflicts the Chamber has seen with holidays and other events during the first weekend of a month.
The road closures for Third Fridays, which will take place from 3:30-9 p.m., are for Center Street, between Lake and Indiana Streets; and Buffalo Street, between Main and Market Streets.
These same roads will also be closed on Oct. 27 and Dec. 1 for the annual Spooktakular and Downtown Warsaw Christmas Celebration events.
The board also approved an annual agreement with the Kosciusko County Farmers’ and Artisan Market, which will be set up on Center Street, between Lake and Buffalo Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May through October.
In other business, the board approved WPD accepting grants from the K21 Health Foundation and Kosciusko County Community Foundation. The grants, totaling $51,579 and $15,000, respectively, will both be used for rescue dive equipment.
The board also:
- Watched City Attorney Scott Reust swear in Warsaw Community Schools’ Board Member Brad Johnson and City Council Member Mike Klondaris as Redevelopment Commission members.
- Approved a nine-month agreement with Anderson Property Management totaling $16,999.92 to maintain beds and urns at Central Park.
- Approved a contract between the City of Warsaw and Jones Petrie Rafinski Engineering for survey and engineering services for streetscape improvements on Buffalo Street, from Center to Market Streets; and along Center Street, from Buffalo to Indiana Streets.
The board’s next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Warsaw City Hall.