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October 9, 2012

GOSHEN BOARD OF WORKS: Plans under way for Monroe Street bicycle trail

GOSHEN — GOSHEN — Planning for a new bicycle trail along Monroe Street to the county fairgrounds is moving forward.

The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved an agreement Monday with Goshen Community Schools and its building corporation to transfer right of way on the north side of Monroe Street for the trail. The city will pay the school district $40,325 for the right of way and another $23,000 for the relocation of a fence and water meter.

The board approved spending another $84,455 on a contract with Wightman Petrie Inc. for construction inspection of the trail. According to City Civil Engineer Mary Cripe, the contract is needed because federal agencies require an inspector to be on site during the entire project, something she said the city staff cannot provide. The project’s cost will be paid for 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local funds.

Cripe said after the meeting there is no start date set for the project as right of way acquisition is still under way.

In other business

• The board accepted a stormwater plan for a proposed BP gasoline and convenience store at Lincolnway West and C.R. 38.

• The board learned that traffic signal loops at the five-points intersection on the city’s west side will be replaced Tuesday. Niblock Excavating will mill the pavement for the southbound Indiana Avenue approach and the eastbound Lincoln Avenue approach so defective signal wiring can be replaced.

The signals will be placed on an automatic setting before the work, which the engineering department said may cause traffic delays.

• The board gave Constant Spring owner Jason Oswald permission to place a Dumpster in an alley adjacent to the bar at 219 S. Main St.

• The board awarded a contract to Yaw Construction for the sidewalk replacement program. Yaw will receive up to $52,030 as the city’s share of a 50/50 cost sharing program with downtown property owners who want to replace sidewalks over underground vaults. The program will last through 2013.

• The board heard that the wastewater department will host a public open house Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people who want to view the new water detention facility at 705 N. Indiana Ave. Every half an hour during the afternoon water will be flushed from the detention facility to demonstrate how it can hold and then release stormwater.

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