Water main work to begin on U.S. 231


HUNTINGBURG — Signs for construction work on parts of U.S. 231 will soon pop up.

Work on water main lines along 11 blocks of U.S. 231, which is Main Street in the city, is scheduled to start Monday, the Huntingburg Common Council heard Tuesday night.

“There will be signs on both the north and south edges of town,” Mayor Denny Spinner said, “and there will be signs on the side road, as you come off the city streets toward Main Street.”

Now that the State Revolving Loan funding has been approved, the council gave final approval to the contracts Tuesday night.

Huntingburg Machine Works will do the work for Division 1 for $1,394,552. That includes work on the water main along 11 blocks of U.S. 231 between Maple and Chestnut streets, Second and First avenues, First to Third streets and Fifth to 12th streets.

The company plans to start construction work on Monday, Water Superintendent Gary Meyerholtz told the council. Huntingburg Machine Works will start working on the south end of the project and move north.

“Their intention is to finish one section and then move on to the next,” Meyerholtz said.

The substantial completion date for the work is Aug. 12, and the final completion date is Sept. 16.

Reynolds Construction of Orleans will complete Division 2, which is work at the water treatment plant, for $4,880,700. That includes redoing the chemical feed systems and adding a new intake pump station, new piping, a salt storage space, new walkways inside the building and two backwash tanks.

That work will start Feb. 3, Meyerholtz said; the substantial completion date is Feb. 27, 2021, and the final completion date is March 29, 2021.

Solential Energy of Carmel will complete Division 3, which is installing solar panels to the water treatment plant, for $468,031. The work start date will be determined after some of the Division 2 work is completed on the water treatment plant. The job will be substantially completed 180 days after work starts; the final completion date will be 30 days after that, Meyerholtz said.

The council also:

• Welcomed a new councilman, Jose Dubon, who was elected in November to represent District 4.

• Re-elected at-large Councilman Tim Wehr as the council’s president pro-tem. If Mayor Denny Spinner cannot be at a council meeting, Wehr will run the meeting.

• Approved the council’s annual appointments. A complete list will run at a later date.

• Opened bids from three companies wanting to make repairs to the 14 homes that are part of the owner-occupied rehabilitation program the city is doing using state and local funding.

• The city was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and appropriated $39,000 for the repairs. The bids will be reviewed by Jenny Dearwester of the Southern Indiana Development Commission; she plans to bring bid recommendations back to the council’s Jan. 28 meeting.

• Approved purchasing 500 digitized water meters for $118,000. This is the fourth year in a five-year plan to replace old meters with new digitized meters, Water Superintendent Gary Meyerholtz said. The meters have saved money in that the information collected is more accurate; also they can detect problems like leaks faster than the old meters.

• Approved ordinances to provide for Patoka Township park and recreation services for $12,000 and fire protection services for $26,000. The Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety approved the fire services contract at its January meeting.

• Agreed to pursue an alcohol sales license that can be used and contracted to other qualifying groups for specific events. City Attorney Phil Schneider will get the paperwork needed for the application.

• Was told that the next meeting about creating a neighborhood association program will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St. Councilman Jeff Bounds said there has been a lot of interest and participation in the project, and asked the council members to spread the word about the meeting.

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