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May 14, 2013

Goshen Board of Public Works members open water main project bids

GOSHEN —  Four bids were opened for the Monroe Street water main relocation at Rock Run Creek project for the Goshen Water Utility.

The project is for the proposed Monroe Street bike path construction and the Monroe Street bridge improvements.

During Monday’s Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, officials opened bids from the following companies: Niblock Excavating of Bristol, $63,078,30; HRP Construction Inc. of South Bend, $75,549.80; C & E Excavating of Elkhart, $72,576.80; and Selge Construction of Niles, Mich., $73,501.50.

In other action Monday, board members approved a request from Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson for the closure of the 100 block of East Jefferson Street Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. for a National Police Memorial Ceremony.

“We will only need road barricades for the Fifth Street end of Jefferson Street and the alleys in the 100 block of East Jefferson,” Branson said.

Danny Jones, Lincoln Avenue Cycling, was given approval from board members to use right of ways in Goshen for a Ride of Silence to be held Wednesday.

“This would be part of the National Ride of Silence that takes place to draw awareness to the fact that bicyclists have the right to travel the same roads as automobiles,” Jones said. “This is not a protest ride or race but will be treated as a memorial ride to remember those who have been hit and injured or killed over the years. The ride would take about an hour to complete. The main purpose is to call attention to cyclists’ rights to use the roads.”

In other business, board members approved the acceptance for a deed of dedication and warranty deed.

According to Shannon Marks, legal compliance administrator for the city, city officials are planning to extend Martin Avenue from its current termination point to the Meijer access road to provide easy access for area traffic to the light on U.S. 33.

“It is recommended that the Board of Public Works and Safety accept from Trinity Development Group, LLC the deed of dedication for the real estate to locate a lift station (at 4644 Elkhart Road),” Marks said, “and the warranty deed for a portion of the right of way needed for the Martin Avenue extension.”

Also approval was given by board members Monday for a post-construction plan by the developer of Keystone RV.

According to Dustin Sailor, utilities engineer for the city,  the developer of Keystone RV Plant No. 4, 2860 Hackberry Drive, and at Plant No. 17, 3313 Corrie Drive, submitted a sufficient post-construction plan affecting one or more acres of land at each plant.

In other business:

• The board approved the assignment from The Willows, LP and Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust for a purchase agreement of 13.5 acres of real estate near the Market Center. Wal-Mart has committed to fulfill the prior obligations of The Willows by constructing, at Wal-Mart’s expense, an east-west water main extension which would loop the city’s water services in that area.

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