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November 22, 2011

BOARD OF WORKS: DLZ tapped for city projects

GOSHEN — Three agreements with an engineering firm were approved by the Goshen Board of Works Monday that relate to pedestrian and bicycle paths in the city.

The contracts with DLZ engineers, South Bend, are for design of the planned bicycle path from U.S. 33 to the 4-H fairgrounds, design of the pedestrian railroad underpass at Goshen College and inspection of city bridges.

DLZ will inspect the pedestrian bridges on the city bicycle paths once every four years and two vehicle bridges every two years. The inspection contract is not to exceed $13,390.

DLZ will design the Winona Trail bicycle/pedestrian railroad underpass at Goshen College and an amendment to the agreement for the project will add $9,900 to the cost. The board was told that Goshen College will pay the fees associated with this change.

City Engineer Mary Cripe said bids will be accepted in January and the underpass will be built next summer. She said officials hope the project will be 100 percent federally funded.

And DLZ will serve as consultants in the appraisal and purchase of needed right-of-way for the Monroe Street bicycle path with an agreement that is not-to-exceed $68,083.

Eleven parcels must be obtained to build the pedestrian-bike path to the fairgrounds’ gate 5. That construction will be 80 percent federally funded and 20 percent local funds.

Other business

• An amendment to a contract with BFI Waste Services of Indiana for city trash collection was approved because of rising fuel prices. The price of trash collection will increase by $1.92 per ton to $11.17 per ton for the next year.

• A change order extending the completion date for the combined sewer overflow diversion project by 64 work days was approved by the board. There is no cost associated with that extension.

• An easement was accepted from James B. Eaton, 617 Queen St., after an agreement was reached in October to allow city vehicles to turn around in his driveway, at the west end of Queen Street. The agreement will make it possible for trash-collection trucks and snow plow trucks to turn around at the west of Queen.

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