Sunday, November 23, 2014


Damage is shown outside the thickener building at the Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant where there was a methane explosion Monday, March 24, 2014. The city is repairing the building. (Angelle Barbazon/The Elkhart Truth)
Repairs at Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant after March explosion moving steadily
Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

GOSHEN — Repairs to the Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant are “moving pretty steady” after a methane gas explosion there earlier this year, according to city utility engineer Dustin Sailor.

In a brief update to the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety, Sailor said Monday, June 16, that four walls have been replaced at the plant where methane gas ignited and caused extensive damage to the sludge thickener building in March. Brickwork is expected to begin soon, he added.

OTHER BUSINESS

  • The board awarded a contract for $8,500 to Jerry Reed Excavating to demolish 902 and 904 Chicago Ave. by Aug. 29.
  • The board awarded a contract for $22,700 to John Ward Concrete Inc. to demolish 401 E. Jefferson St. and 307 S. Seventh St. by Aug. 8.
  • The board awarded a contract for $280,260 to Phend and Brown for traffic signal upgrades and improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The board granted permission to Ignition Music Garage to block off parking spaces in front of 120 E. Washington St. for artists to unload equipment onto the venue’s stage on Wednesday, June 18, July 3, July 4, July 17 and July 31. Ignition will also block off three parking spaces on the same dates from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. just east of the business’ back door for an outdoor beer garden.
  • The board approved the conditional hiring of Jamie A. Hochstetler as a probationary patrol officer with the Goshen Police Department. Hochstetler must pass physical and psychological exams and be approved by the local and state pension boards.
  • The board issued an electrical license for the city of Goshen to Daniel J. Meehan of Meehan Electric Company, 19112 Orchard Heights Dr. in South Bend.
  • A concrete sidewalk will be installed at the Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant near the digester building. The city requested quotes from Yaw Construction Inc., Nisley Concrete and D&M Concrete. Yaw was the only company to respond. The board approved a request to enter into an agreement with Yaw for $2,475 to install a concrete sidewalk within 60 days of the company receiving a notice to proceed with the project.
  • The board signed a resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the state of Indiana regarding intersection improvements at S.R. 15 and Kercher Road. The state has agreed to reimburse the city up to $225,000 for the cost of the work within the Indiana Department of Transportation’s right-of-way. Civil city engineer Mary Cripe said construction will likely begin in spring 2015.
  • The board approved a contract for $16,657 with Selge Construction to replace concrete brick inlay where it is cracked and broken on Fifth Street between Jefferson and Washington streets.
  • The board signed an agreement with homeowner Dale Bontrager to replace the sidewalk and curb in front of 1320 S. Eighth St. as part of the city’s Sidewalk and Curb 50/50 Program. The city and Bontrager will each pay half of the cost, which comes out to $1,728.
  • The Goshen Engineering Department will advertise for bids to reroute a storm sewer around NIBCO’s property. The project will be advertised from Friday, June 20, to June 27. Bids will be due by July 7.
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