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December 4, 2012

Goshen Board of Public Works holds public hearing on apartments

— GOSHEN — Landlord Jared Yoder was called to a public hearing at Monday’s Board of Works meeting.

Yoder owns two multi-family units at 302 and 408 E. Lincoln Ave. that have several code violations, according to memorandums from the city.

Building inspector Tony Cano said he looked at the units Monday, and noticed that a few things had been repaired but items on the list were still not completed at both units.

“I was in there around 1:30 p.m., and it was still not fixed,” Cano said of one of the most “serious concerns” at the 302 E. Lincoln building — a downward slope on a water heater.

Other violations at the 302 E. Lincoln building include unrepaired broken deck boards, an open ground outlet in a kitchen and missing smoke detectors, among other items. The 408 E. Lincoln building needs singles replaced, as well as a new handrail and a professional extermination of cockroaches.

Yoder said he had limitations on staff to complete the repairs, but that he soon would be able to send one of his employees to fix items.

“Anything inside can be completed within 30 days,” Yoder said.

The board members gave Yoder until Dec. 31 to fix the repairs, with a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 7, 2013, to check on the status of the repairs.

Bids opened, rejected

Bids were opened for 2013 maintenance contracts for street lights, school flashers, airport and traffic signals, as well as for the electrical maintenance for water and wastewater.

Three companies bid for the street lights, school flashers, airport and traffic signals contract, giving their bids in seven parts: electric and equipment repair for traffic signals and school flashers, repair for ornamental street lights, equipment repair for city building lights, repairs for airport, minimum service charge for the first hour of service, boom trucks under 35 feet in length and boom trucks 36 to 50 feet in length.

Michiana Contracting out of Plymouth bid $65 per hour, $65 per hour, $65 per hour, $65 per hour, $97.50 per hour, $35 per hour and $35 per hour, respectively. L&M Electric from Goshen bid, $66, $44, $44, $44, $66, $35 and $35 per hour, respectively. Middlebury Electric bid $60, $60, $60, $60, $90, $45 and $55, respectively.

Two companies bid for the electrical maintenance for water and wastewater. Bids were given in six parts: equipment and repair for wastewater, equipment and repair for water, fee for annual testing, minimum service charge, boom trucks under 35 feet in length and boom trucks 36 to 50 feet in length.

Middlebury Electric bid $60 per hour, $60 per hour, $60 for the test, $90 per hour, $45 per hour and $55 per hour, respectively. Schwartz Electric from Wakarusa bid $82.50, $82.50, $82.50, $102.50, $50 and $100, respectively.

Bids for the demolition of the water storage tank were rejected by the board members. The bids will be re-quoted to separate the cost of the tank demolition and the foundation demolition. One of the three bids received included the foundation demolition in the original bid, while the other two bids received were for the tower demolition only.

Other business:

• Board members approved a street closure for the Goshen Fire Department for training. The 100 block of East Lincoln Avenue will be closed from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday for training on the aerial truck.

• The board members approved a request for relief from the requirement for a 1,000-gallon grease interceptor for the Trolley Cafe at the Old Bag Factory, instead requiring the restaurant’s owners to work with Bread and Chocolate’s interceptor or install a mechanical grease trap on their property.

• The board members gave permission for an agreement with Advanced Coating, Painting and Restorations for painting the lower level hallway, stairs, stairwell, top landing and reception area of the Goshen City Hall for $5,312.80.

• A change order was approved for the Winona Trail Tunnel project, moving the cost of an existing pay item (an inclined lift system and hardware) from a Federal Highway Administration participating item to a non-participating, 100 percent local public agency funded item, according to City Engineer Mary Cripe. Goshen College will pay the cost of the item, which was not able to receive FHWA funds because it does not meet Buy America requirements.

• The board members granted permission for Private Lee Mravec to drop his paramedic status to emergency medical technician as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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