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People wanting to tour the Hawks Building line up outside Thursday April 17, 2014. An alleyway near the building will be closed until the fall for paving to be lifted from it as part of the construction project. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Downtown Goshen alley to close for Hawks Building parking lot construction
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.

GOSHEN — The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety met Monday afternoon, July 28. Here are the actions the board took during the meeting:

  • The board approved the closure of the north/south alley between Madison and Jefferson streets during a meeting Monday, July 28. LaCasa Inc. had requested the removal of the existing pavement along the alleyway so that a retaining wall could be installed along the east side of the proposed parking lot for the Hawks Building. The date when the alleyway will be closed will be determined by the contractor. The closure will remain until the River Race Drive construction project is completed.
  • The board accepted bids by three contractors for the first phase of the Fifth Street Reconstruction project. The area that will be reconstructed will be Fifth Street between Rock Run Creek and Crescent Street. The bidding companies were: 
  1. Rieth-Riley Construction Company Inc. with a base bid of $414,893.84
  2. Sandy Excavating Inc. with a base bid of 586,112.30
  3. HRP Construction Inc. with a base bid of $447,373.44
  • The board approved the city’s request to contract with Custom Database Solutions to develop and install a database software program for the city’s utilities office. Compensation is based on an hourly rate of $105 per house and should not exceed $15,000. All work is expected to be completed within six months. 
  • The board approved to lower the water level in the Millrace Canal between Monday, Aug. 4, and Thursday, Aug. 7. Workers from DLZ, a construction services company, will inspect bridges on the Millrace Canal at Waverly Avenue, Madison Street and Jefferson Street on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The state requires bridges like the ones along the canal to be inspected every two years. 
  • The board approved the engineering department’s request to advertise for bids for the 2014 asphalt paving project at Maple City Industrial Park. Bids for the project will be due Aug. 18. The request noted that funds have not been appropriated for the project, and the city council will make a final decision with regards to funding during its next meeting, Aug. 5. 

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