Milltown accepts bid for Community Crossings streets paving project
Chris Adams, Contributing Writer
Successful in its first attempt for a Community Crossings Matching Grant to pave parts of several streets, the Milltown Town Council on July 12 accepted the low bid for the project.
The council in May learned that it was approved for the $74,722 state award. Including the required $24,914 match from the town, the total amount of paving work to be funded by the grant is $99,636.
The town received two bids for the paving work: $134,222.60 from E&B Paving of Jeffersonville and $97,153.20 from C&R Construction of Corydon.
At the recommendation of Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering, the council, following a motion by member Justin Barnes, voted 3-0 to approve the low bid contingent on C&R Construction having provided all of the required documentation with its bid. The vote also allows Jerry Mackey, the council’s president, to sign any necessary documents outside of the meeting.
In another matter, with construction of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant progressing, the council voted 3-0 to approve member Jean Melton’s motion to authorize the sixth pay request from Mitchell and Stark Construction in the amount of $125,073.20. Like with the five previously approved pay requests, 5% is to be retained until the end of the project to pay for any incomplete punch list items. The total amount in the contingency fund stands at $62,998.75.
Woosley said the new plant is close to being operational. He said equipment will begin to be programmed during the first week of August, allowing for the plant to begin being filled the following week.
“The important this is, by the end of August, we should have the new plant operational,” he said. “Now, it won’t be finished. We’ll have to go through some procedures, another 30 to 60 days of tweaking it and things like that, but we’re right on schedule.”
Woosley said the “only hiccup” is the contractor was still waiting on blower piping that was ordered in March and was to arrive the previous week.
“As long as it arrives in the next couple of weeks, we will stay on schedule,” he said.
Woosley also approached the council about applying for a grant from the newly created State Water Infrastructure Fund.
The Indiana General Assembly earlier this year allocated $100 million of federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to the Indiana Finance Authority to provide grants to utilities for wastewater, drinking water and stormwater projects that either protect or improve public health or water quality.
Woosley said he identified six projects in the town totaling about $765,000 that would qualify, including improvements to the Spencer Street lift station, elimination of the Indiana Avenue lift station and replacement of the drying beds at the wastewater treatment plant.
While a specific local match amount isn’t required, the program description states that projects that have co-funding will receive priority, Woosley said.
“What they do say, though, is you can use other funds, like the other COVID relief funds … as your co-funding,” he said.
Woosley said the $100 million will be awarded in two rounds, with applications for the first due on July 15.
“It doesn’t hurt you to try,” he said. “If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. You’re not out anything.”
Following a motion by Melton, the council voted 3-0 to apply for the funding. Because of the pressing deadline, the motion included authorizing Mackey and Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Lutz to submit the required documents outside of the meeting.
The council also voted 3-0 to remove barricades the Milltown Police Dept. installed following last month’s meeting to keep the public from accessing the Harrison Avenue lot the town owns because of problems with keeping the area clean.
The council, which recently had the property appraised and is considering selling it, decided to remove the barricades and again to allow parking after being approached by Phil Stowers and members of his family, including son Levi.
Levi Stowers admitted to not keeping the area clean, saying he had come into possession of items he had nowhere else to store, but added he has since cleaned up the property and would like to be able to use the area for parking once again.
Phil Stowers, noting that his family has taken care of the property for 30 years, asked that the barricades preventing his family from parking be removed or that the entire property be blocked. Otherwise, he said, it feels personal against his family.
Barnes, who made the motion to remove the barricades, said he would be in favor of allowing parking on the property, but added he also would support closing it at the first sign of it not being kept clean.
In another matter, the council voted 3-0 to apply $15,222.43 of its remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds to cover its negative trash balance.
The council’s next regular meeting is planned for Monday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.