GOSHEN — The Goshen Board of Works retroactively approved an emergency declaration over a leaking underground tank that was recently found.

The underground storage tank was found during foundation excavation for a backup generator at the city water and sewer building at 308 North 5th St. Because the tank was located in a wellfield and was leaking, the city was required to take immediate action, according to the emergency declaration the board voted to ratify Tuesday.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management requirements include immediately reporting and removing the tank and testing the soil. The city asked Roberts Environmental Services LLC to perform the IDEM requirements when the tank was found, at a cost of $3,925.

Also Tuesday, the board voted to amend a 2017 contract with Roberts Environmental to provide a third year of groundwater monitoring and reporting. The city originally contracted with the company to monitor groundwater at the North Water Plant at IDEM’s request.

The additional $11,000 brings the total contract price up to $30,800.

In other action, the board:

n Voted to award a backhoe loader purchase to RPM Machinery, Fort Wayne, which submitted a total quote of $113,300. It was not the lowest of the three quotes received, but the board agreed to reject a $107,611 quote from MacAllister Machinery Co., South Bend, as not responsive to the city’s specifications.

Keitha Windsor, city contract and claims manager, presented a list of 34 exceptions to the specifications document. Among them: The power train did not have an auto kickdown function, the backhoe did not have emergency manual mode for steering, the front axle had a static rating of 50,582 pounds instead of 67,883 pounds and the vehicle was equipped with eight rather than 10 working lights.

n Approved the retirement of Capt. Don Showalter from the Goshen Fire Department. The 35-year veteran plans to retire effective July 5. 

Chief Danny Sink remarked on his years working with Showalter and expressed thanks for his contributions to the department and the city.

The board also voted to extend a conditional offer of employment with the fire department to Michael Hamby, who will be eligible after passing the state mental and physical exams and when a position with the department becomes available.

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