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June 11, 2013

Goshen police officers promoted, reserve officers hired

GOSHEN — The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved the promotion of two patrolmen and the hiring of five reserve patrolmen in the weekly session held Monday.

Police Chief Wade Branson recommended the board promote Mark Clere and Joshua Farmer from probationary patrolmen to full-time patrolmen for the Goshen Police Department.

“Both Mark and Josh have done an excellent job in their first year as members of the Goshen Police Department,” Branson said. “I would like to make these promotions effective Friday, June 14, 2013.”

Branson also recommended the hiring of five reserve patrolmen, including Jason Bailey, Jose Diaz, Jonathan McKalips, Zachery Miller and Bryan Rimmer. All were sworn in by Goshen Clerk-Treasurer Tina Bontrager.


The board approved three contracts and amended a fourth. They are:

• Walsh & Kelly will be paid $98,473.55 for the resurfacing of Blackport Drive. The Redevelopment Commission will fund $38,083 of the project with tax increment finance funds and the Board of Works and Safety will fund $60,390.53 of the project with MVH funds.

• Walsh & Kelly will also be paid $102,952 to conduct chip and seal projects on Logan Street, Kercher Road and Eisenhower Drive North, as well as tree removal along Airport Road. The Logan Street project will be funded by U.S. 33/River Race TIF funds in the amount of $23,260. The Kercher Road and Eisenhower Drive North projects will be funded by South East Goshen TIF funds in the amount of $75,192. The Airport Road tree removal will be funded with MVH funds at a cost of $4,500.

• Western Waterproofing Co. Inc. will be paid $12,112 to repair a leak in the expansion joint at the city’s Wet Weather Detention Facility, 705 N. Indiana Ave., Goshen. The board noted that all work must be completed within 90 days from receipt of a notice to proceed.

• An amendment to the city’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract dated April 18, 2011, to expand the scope of the project to include the replacement of the screens and clarifier weirs, troughs and baffles at the Goshen wastewater treatment facility. According to city attorney Larry Barkes, the change to the contract should come at a cost of no more than $880,000.

Building hearings

The board also revisited two building ordinance disputes Monday involving houses owned by Ron Davidhizar of Goshen.

According to the hearing report, building department inspectors recently found a house at 114 S. 29th St. to be in violation of city codes. Davidhizar at the board’s last meeting indicated most of the repairs ordered had been completed though painting was delayed due to the recent rainy weather. He was given until last Friday to complete the work, and city staff Monday indicated that the property has now been brought into compliance with city codes.

Building inspectors Monday also indicated that most of the work needed on a house at 602 N. Fifth St. has been completed, though the needed repairs to the home’s crumbling basement concrete walls were done in a way that does not follow current city codes.

According to the board report, Davidhizar used treated plywood 4-by-4 imbedded into the concrete floor approximately one and a half feet, spaced approximately two and a half feet, to prevent the walls from collapsing due to the crumbling concrete. While this method does not currently meet the city’s codes, city inspectors Monday indicated that since the work has already been completed, they recommend hiring an outside design professional, such as an engineer, to inspect the repairs, and if it is determined to be sound, then the city will sign off on it.

The board gave Davidhizar 30 days from Monday’s meeting to have the inspection done and report provided to the city.

Parking area closures

The board approved two parking area closures. They are:

• 10 parking spaces on the southeastern corner of the 100 block of East Washington Street from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday to allow for parking by visiting artists at Ignition Garage. The affected parking spaces are located primarily in front of Better World Books and Ignition Music.

• The city parking lot behind and to the east of Menno Travel, 210 S. Main St., on Oct. 1 from 2 to 10 p.m. for a private company celebration.


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