Weather, ramp design delay bid timingFebruary 5, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Work on Fifth Street will include adding a ramp compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act at the northwest corner of Fifth and U.S. 231.
Because that is still being designed, and because of inclement weather, plans to bid out the Fifth Street project and two others will wait for another month, Huntingburg Street Superintendent Jason Stamm explained to the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday.
But that should not have an adverse effect on construction, which will still be completed this year, he said. “It’s still going to be right in the middle of construction season. It will still be done this year,” Stamm said. “It really doesn’t effect anything.”
The three projects will utilize $389,334 in Community Crossings funding, which was awarded in December.
The biggest of the three projects is Fifth Street between Washington Street and U.S. 231. Along with milling and road paving, there will be curb and gutter work, storm sewer upgrades and sidewalk work. A second project is on Washington Street between Fourth and Sixth streets. That street will be milled and paved and will have storm sewer work done. The third project is Jackson between Sixth and Eighth streets, which will also be milled and paved.
Stamm’s original plan was to have the bid specifications ready show the public works board, send out a request for bids this month, open those on March 1 and bring that information to the board in March. The board is responsible for hiring a contractor for the projects.
But engineering firm Cash Wagner, which is designing the project, ran into some complications and suggested pushing the schedule back by a month. Weather complicated getting some work done for the plans, and there were a couple of issues near Memorial Gym, including the ramp.
“There’s some issues there with some grades and things, to get that compliant to ADA standards, so that’s taken them a little longer than they had anticipated,” Stamm explained. The firm is working with the Southwest Dubois [County] School Corporation on that matter, he said.
Stamm also mentioned the school district’s desire to tear out a portion of the sidewalk, which Stamm said has no effect on the project being delayed a month. “But it’s part of the the process we’re going through with that,” he said.
Plans should be ready for the public works board to review at its March meeting. After that, advertisements will be put out requesting bids, those bids will be open at the end of the month, and that information will be brought to the board’s April meeting, Stamm said.
The board also heard that the latest Community Crossings application, for work on First Street, will be submitted later this year.
Plans were to submit that in January and it was to include a letter of commitment that the city would provide a 25% match, which would be no more than $340,000.
But Mayor Steve Schwinghamer chose to not sign the commitment letter — not yet, he said.
“I don’t know for sure where that $340,000 is going to come from. So as of right now, it has not been signed,” Schwingamer told the board. “I don’t like to sign anything until I know where the money is going to come from.”
Stamm said once the rest of the application is ready, the city can submit it for the second round of grants this year. Applications for the next round tend to be taken in July or August, he said.
The public works board also:
• Approved purchasing for the police department 22 cases of ammunition from Kessler of New Albany for $5,156.
• Heard that the city received a $1,171 safety grant from the Indiana Public Employer’s Plan.
• Heard from Schwinghamer that the sale of property at 14th and Main streets and the city’s purchase of the building at 317 E. Fourth St. are both completed.
• Entered into its annual contract with Patoka Township to provide fire services for the township.
• Approved a contract with Lochmueller Group for general services, which will be rendered when needed through the year. The city has several such contracts with local engineering firms.
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