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November 13, 2013

Several projects progressing

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The crossings will have new warning devices — crossing gates and constant warning time devices — installed.

The preliminary engineer’s construction estimate for these crossings is $1.66 million, plus design fees of $100,000, Cripe said. Ninety percent of this project will be federally funded and 10 percent will be local funds.

• Held a public hearing on a confirmatory resolution amending the boundaries of the River Race-U.S. 33 Economic Development Area. No one spoke. The commissioners then voted on the resolution and approved it unanimously. The properties, located northwest of Meijer, include Wings Etc. and the Mattress Store. Also the Old Bag Factory area bounded by North Harrison, Indiana Avenue and Chicago Avenue, will be captured.

• Entered into a consultant agreement with Lawson-Fisher Associates for a detention pond feasibility study for Steury Avenue and East Lincoln Avenue improvements. Also a model of Rock Run Creek will need to be done so city officials can determine if the detention pond will severely impact anyone downstream, Cripe said.

• Approved an amendment to an agreement with The Abonmarche Group for an additional topographic survey along the north-south alley from Madison Street to Jefferson Street. The survey information is needed for the design of a $2.2 to $2.5 million construction project.

A meeting is expected to be set in February to review the plans with residents. Construction completion is tentatively scheduled for October 2014.

• Approved a declaratory resolution amending the boundaries of the Southeast Economic Development Area. City officials are annexing property north of C.R. 40, south of Hackberry Drive, east of Corrie Drive and west of U.S. 33. One of the parcels includes a new building for Lippert Components. The other three parcels are currently agricultural but border the industrial park.

• Approved a resolution allowing an agreement with the Millrace Neighborhood for the sale, purchase and development of real estate.

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