Bids opened for control system; Davidson says new video installed

PLYMOUTH — Bids were opened for the Influent Headworks Control System as the city council’s board of public works and safety met Monday evening.
Five bids were received and opened. All five met the requirements as follows: Form 96 was signed and completed; addenda were received; a financial statement was attached; a bid bond was attached; and the E-Verify affidavit was included.
High bid was from Mason Engineering & Construction of Fort Wayne at $139,000 with low bid from Michiana Contracting of Plymouth at $109,155. Three other bids came from LC Docsa of Kalamazoo, Mich. at just over $138,000; R.E. Crosby of Fort Wayne at just over $134,000 and Thieneman Construction of Westfield at $129,900. The bids were taken under advisement and a recommendation will be presented to the Board at its next meeting.
Donnie Davidson, utility superintendent, reported a new video system for sewers and waste water had been installed. The board voted to give the old equipment to a town in Illinois. Davidson requested board approve a contract a study of sledge disposal facilities by Commonwealth with a cost not to exceed $15,000. The money was available in the department’s budget, Davidson said. The board approved the request unanimously. Davidson explained that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management reported a water shortage across the state and requested that municipalities conserve water. Plymouth is complying with this request by using unidirectional flushing (which uses less water) and reducing sewer cleaning.
He also suggested that the public could use less water, especially on landscaping management and grass watering. Finally, Davidson recommended that the board pass a conservation ordinance which could be activated in water shortage situations. This recommendation was taken under advisement.
In other reports:
• The City Engineer requested and received from the board approval for release of the financial guarantee from the Solomon Group regarding street lights, an alley, and sidewalks.
• The Fire Chief said the two newly-hired firefighters were progressing well, and the department was awaiting medical and psychological test results. Barring any unforeseen red flags, the new employees should be on the job full-time soon.
• Two events were approved by the board without discussion: The upcoming Crop Walk, and the concert by the Marshall County Church Orchestra (MCCO) July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. The latter happening is the Second Friday Event sponsored by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and will require street closings.