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July 9, 2013

GOSHEN BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS: Trail price drops

GOSHEN — It was good news and bad news at the Goshen Board of Works and Safety meeting Monday afternoon.

The good news came in the form of a request from the Goshen Engineering Department for a change order involving the Goshen College Trail project connecting the Millrace Trail to the Winona Trail.

According to Goshen engineer Dustin Sailor, the original contract was in the amount of $69,852. Sailor noted that the requested change order will reduce the overall contract by $8,437 and serve as the final balancing change order for the project, bringing the total contract price to $61,414.

The bad news came in the form of an additional change order request by the Engineering Department involving a contract increase for the Central Garage Expansion project. The change order marks the third for the project to date.

Milestone Construction in Syracuse was originally awarded a contract for $739,820 for the city’s central garage expansion project back in February of this year. Members of the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved the contract after receiving five bids at the Feb. 11 meeting. The central garage is used to service city-owned vehicles.

The City Council in 2012 approved the purchase of property and a former warehouse at 320 Steury Ave. for $190,000 with the intent to relocate the garage from Fifth Street to the new site. This project involves renovating a two-level office and the existing warehouse and adding a steel-framed metal sided building to make the facility suitable for vehicle maintenance.

According to Sailor, several additional items have been identified that need to be added to the contract in order to adequately complete the expansion project. Those additions include:

• furnishing and installing a backflow preventor;

• modifying the north storm sewer drainage structure at the direction of the city engineer;

• installing additional filter fabric and landscaping stone;

• removing and hauling concrete from the proposed retention area;

• removing and replacing a concrete slab on the southwest corner of the existing building;

• installing a new sidewalk on the north side of the building;

• painting the exterior wall panels on the existing building;

• miscellaneous electrical items not included in the original bid; and,

• labor and materials for irrigation meter installation.

With all the requested items, Sailor noted that the change order will increase the original contract by $23,656, bringing the total contract price to $770,839. The board approved the additional expenditure.

Other business

In other business, the board approved:

• closure of the 500 block of South Seventh Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 for the purpose of the annual Historic Southside Neighborhood Association neighborhood picnic. An additional request to have bicycle registration fees waived for the event was denied.

• a street closure on Franklin from the alley between Eighth and Ninth streets to Ninth Street form 1 to 9 p.m. July 20 for a neighborhood block party and fundraiser.

• a contract with Custom Database Solutions to develop and install a customized maintenance database software program to utilize the data from the SCADA system, as well as manually input data, to develop an electronic preventative maintenance system for the city’s water treatment assets. Total cost for the program is not to exceed $24,150.

• an agreement establishing a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS, for the collective fire services in Elkhart County. According to Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink, MABAS is a mutual aid system developed in Illinois for deployment of additional fire/rescue/EMS resources for an event that out paces a local responder’s ability to provide for mitigation.

• a contract with Signtech Sign Services in the amount of $3,200 for the repairs of three ornamental street lights on Park Avenue and five lights on Sunset Boulevard. As part of the contract, the lights will be removed, sandblasted, painted and re-installed.

 

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