GOSHEN — As crews finish up construction of a new bike trail connecting downtown Goshen with the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, the city is already planning a new project in the area.
Civil city engineer Mary Cripe told the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday, June 9, that her department has been working on plans to create a new trail on Blackport Drive that stretches from Monroe Street to Lincoln Avenue.
The new trail would connect to the new Monroe Street Trail that Selge Construction has been built between U.S. 33 and Gate 5 at the fairgrounds. The estimated cost for the new trail is roughly $19,840, according to Cripe. She noted that the city is working to secure funding for the project.
- LaCasa Inc. and DJ Construction will close the alley east of the former Hawks building between Madison and Jefferson streets between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next six weeks. LaCasa is restoring the exterior masonry along this section of the building.
- Maple City Health Care Center, 213 Middlebury St., will close Middlebury Street from Fifth to Sixth streets from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 12 for its 25th anniversary celebration.
- Cycle Works will close Washington Street between the alley east of Main Street and Fifth Street for parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 for a benefit ride for the Center for Healing and Hope. The benefit is expected to include 100 to 200 motorcyclists.
- The board opened bids to demolish buildings at 401 E. Jefferson and 307 S. Seventh streets. For the Jefferson Street property, the bids included $14,650 from Clarkco Inc., $11,000 from John Ward Concrete, $19,500 from Atkins Excavating and $22,000 from Beer and Slabaugh. For the Seventh Street property, the bids included $18,598 from Clarkco Inc., $11,700 from John Ward Concrete, $19,150 from Atkins Excavating and $23,000 from Beer and Slabaugh. To demolish both properties, the bids included $32,848 from Clarkco Inc., $22,700 from John Ward Concrete, $38,650 from Atkins Excavating and $40,000 from Beer and Slabaugh. City staff will review the bids and return to the board with a recommendation.
- The board opened bids to demolish a property at 902 and 904 Chicago Avenue. Offers for the work included $8,500 from Jerry Reed Excavating, $10,500 from JW Concrete, $8,523 from Atkins Excavating, $15,500 from Beer and Slabaugh and $9,350 from Clarkco Inc. City staff will review the bids and return to the board with a recommendation.
- The board opened bids for traffic signal upgrades and improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bids included $281,610 from Phend and Brown Inc., $285,864 from Walsh and Kelly Inc., $282,325 from Niblock Excavating, $341,308 from Selge Construction and $411,196 from Rieth Riley Construction. City staff will review the bids and return to the board with a recommendation.
- The board signed an agreement with Selge Construction for $52,175 to evaluate and repair or replace the sanitary manhole on C.R. 30 just east of C.R. 17. Work is expected to begin this week.
- Cornerstone Carpenters will close part of Canal Street and a section of a connecting alley Thursday, June 12, for work at a home being built at 108 Canal St. The closure is expected to last from 7 p.m. until work is completed or 4 p.m., whichever is the shorter time period.
- The board approved a reduced fee to allow the Historic South Side Neighborhood Association to use three city dump trucks Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, for a cleanup project. The trucks will be placed at Monroe Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, in front of 619 S. Seventh St. and in the middle of the 700 block of Sixth Street.
- The board approved an agreement with Shane McKerchie to serve a minimum of six years as a paramedic with the Goshen Fire Department. McKerchie is expected to receive a one-time bonus of $7,500. He was hired as a member of the fire department in 2012 and received his paramedic certification on May 19.
- The board signed an agreement with Tractor Supply Company to allow the city to remove the company’s inoperable and and unrepairable private fire hydrant located at 2323 Lincolnway East. The city plans to install a new public fire hydrant on an existing main located south of the company’s property.
- The board signed an agreement with John and Linda Sorg to replace the sidewalk and curb at 817 S. Seventh St. as part of the city’s Sidewalk and Curb 50/50 Program. The project’s cost is roughly $1,680. The homeowners and the city will split the cost, each paying about $840.
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