City approves repair costs for riverfront
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:00 AM
FPBH Inc. was awarded a contract Monday from the city to fix erosion along the riverfront caused by the 2011 flood.
The North Vernon firm, which specializes in environmental, engineering, surveying, planning and inspection services, presented the $144,450 bid to the Madison utility department. The bid was approved by the Madison Board of Public Works and Safety with a 2-0 vote. Mayor Damon Welch was not present.
Most of the bid will be covered by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant worth $103,311. The remanding $41,139 will come from the city.
"We're going to start mid-July, which is basically two weeks from today, and it will be completed in early fall," said Randy Eggenspiller, city engineer and utilities manager.
The contract was delayed last month after cost projections for the project were higher than originally projected.
Because of the higher-than-expected costs, the utility department was forced by state law to reject all three offers and open a bidding process.
Also at the meeting, Police Chief Dan Thurston announced speed limit enforcement at the west and east ends of Main Street would continue.
"In the last two weeks we've made approximately 68 traffic stops on Main Street," Thurston said. Officers made eight more traffic stops after the meeting.
The enforcement came after city officials received complaints about speeding on Main Street.
Thurston also announced that the police department would be receiving additional assistance during Regatta week from the Indiana State Police, Indiana State Excise Police and Jefferson County reserve officers.
"We would definitely be out-manned without all of their help," Thurston said.
In other business:
Street closings for the annual Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Walk/Run were approved by the board.
The run/walk will follow the same route as in the past, starting at Madison Consolidated High School on the hilltop and ending at Lytle Park on West Street in downtown Madison. The rout will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The city parking lot at Jefferson and Second streets will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday. The space will be used as a staging area for trucks carrying hydroplanes in Friday's Regatta parade. The rest of the weekend the space will be used for media.
The sidewalk along the west lane of Broadway will be closed from July 15 to Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow tuckpointing work to be done at Trinity United Methodist Church. The project is a continuation of work started in June that was postponed.