NAPPANEE — Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety members received bids Monday afternoon for the 2014 repaving project.
Four companies bid on the project including: Niblock Excavating, Bristol, $241,552; Walsh and Kelly, South Bend, $243,096.67; Rieth-Riley, South Bend, $224,466.51; and Phend and Brown, Milford, $219,125.40.
City officials will review the bid documents and award the contract at the next board of works meeting on July 28.
Water Superintendent Gale Gerber informed the board that there was a major water main break on U.S. 6 West causing the closure of the road for a while earlier that day.
“That was the biggest hole I’ve ever dug in my career,” Gerber said, stating that it was about 33 feet long. At the time of the meeting, U.S. 6 was open but workers were still working on repairing the break. Gerber thanked the other department heads for assisting and moving employees around in order to assist.
“Everyone just jumps in when we have a major problem like this — that’s a good thing,” he said.
The board approved finalizing property purchases from the May estate.
City attorney Brian Hoffer reminded the board there are four parcels — one on Lincoln Street and the other three on Market Street —and that the West Market Street properties include a house, garage and a building that houses a trailer.
He told the board that the sellers asked for an additional 60 days to remove personal property. Hoffer suggested they go through with the closing at the end of the month and then enter into a 60-day lease agreement with sellers and that agreement would be included in the purchase agreement.
He also told the board that the Lincoln Street property currently has a tenant and that tenant can remain until the city is ready to do something with the properties.