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May 21, 2013

Goshen firefighter promoted

GOSHEN — Shane McKerchie recently completed his probationary year at the Goshen Fire Department.

Fire Chief Dan Sink sought approval for McKerchie’s promotion to private first class during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Monday.

“Based on his performance and recommendations from his shift officer, it is my pleasure to request that Shane be promoted,” Sink said.

The board members approved the request and McKerchie was sworn in by Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman. His wife, Rebekah, and daughter, Addison, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

In other action, the board received four bids for Fidler Pond driveway entrance and parking area project and given to the engineering department staff for recommendation at the next meeting, Kauffman said.

The park board is in the process of developing the former Fidler Pond, a gravel pit, into a city park.

The four companies submitting bids were Reith-Riley Construction of Goshen, $85,865; Square 1 Builders of Elkhart, $65,860; Niblock Excavating of Bristol, $71,236; and JP Developers Inc. of Syracuse, $61,802.

Board members awarded the contract for the Monroe Street water main relocation. According to Dustin Sailor, utilities engineer for the city, the engineering department received bids from four contractors for the project. Submitting bids were Niblock Excavating at $63,078; C&E Excavating at $72,576; Selge Construction at $73,501.50 and HRP Construction at $75,539.80.

“The Goshen Water Utility requests permission to award the quote to Niblock Excavating for $63,078.30 as they were found to be the lowest responsive and responsible quoter,” Sailor said.

Board members approved a change to the work for the Central Garage Expansion project. City engineer Mary Cripe said the change lowers the existing downspouts below grade to the existing main storm sewer, installs 4-inch tracer wire from beside the electrical meter base to the utility pole west of the building, replaces some sidewalk on the southwest corner of the building and grounds the electrical service.

“The total increase to the contract is $3,494.70, making the total contract price of $747,183.70,” Cripe said. “The total increase for change orders to date is 1 percent.”

A change was approved by the board for the Mill Street Park and Indiana Avenue seeding projects. Cripe said the wrong mulch was ordered and to minimize the erosion, a more stable and thicker layer of mulch was required for the mound of soil on the park site. The increase to the project was $3,000, making the total contract price $12,447.07. Board members also approved an $850 contract increase for the Indiana Avenue sidewalk repair project. The total contract price is now $16,540.

In other business:

• Approval was given to Wastewater Utility Superintendent Jim Kerezman to change the rate of pay for department employee Charlie Riggs, who will temporarily assume full responsibilities of the maintenance manager’s position. Maintenance Manager Bob Elliott will retire after 18 years of service with the Utilities.

“Bob’s last work day is May 30, with his official retirement date of July 5,” Kerezman said. “The request is temporary because the position has to be posted.”

• Approval was given to Clerk-Treasurer Tina Bontrager to move $9,570.72 in water/sewer accounts from active to collection services, sewer liens, write offs and bankruptcies. The total for water is $4,554.91 and sewer is $5,015.81.

“The original amount of unpaid final water/sewer accounts for the period was $27,945.09. Collection letters were sent out and payments of $18,214.94 have been collected,” Bontrager said. “These are the accounts that for the most part were finalled through March 31.”

• The May brush pick-up program will begin Tuesday. Residents should have their brush to the curb by 7 a.m. with the usual guidelines applying — next to the street and not in the street, not in an alley, trash-free, and away from hydrants and poles.

• Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Board of Public Works and Safety meeting has been rescheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Courts Building, 111 E. Jefferson Street.

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