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Street paving approved

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brazil City Engineer Brian Pohlar
On Tuesday, the City of Brazil Board of Public Works approved a bid for street paving.

During its meeting, Brazil City Engineer Brian Pohlar informed the board he had received only one bid for the project, which includes resurfacing of three stretches of roadway in Brazil.

Pohlar said he sent out requests for quotes in July.

On Tuesday, he opened the lone bid, from Wabash Valley Asphalt, Terre Haute. The bid was for $75,812.35.

Pohlar said he had received an e-mail from another company inquiring about the project, but never received a bid.

The resurfacing includes areas near Olive Street (from Turner Street to Davis Street), Vandalia Street (from Magnolia Drive to Railroad Street) and Lenox Street (from Davis Street to Murphy Avenue).

Pohlar said he had hoped the project would be completed during the summer months before school began as the projects are near Eastside Elementary School.

However, he said the city had to adhere to the Indiana Common Construction Wage Act. The Indiana General Assembly passed the act, which essentially states, "prevailing wages are determined for state and local government construction projects in Indiana will change July 1, 2011."

The changes to the act included a committee that determines the scale of wages to be paid to workers on construction projects covered by the act.

Pohlar said before the changes, the act covered most state and local construction projects where the cost of construction was $150,000 or more. However, effective Jan. 1, 2012, the cost will be increased to $250,000.

Due to an error in one of the bill's amendments, the act did not contain a value for the six remaining months this year, meaning most state and local construction contracts awarded through Dec. 31, 2011, would be covered by the act.

Pohlar said he had been in contact with Wabash Valley Asphalt, which stated the work could be completed in three-five days. He also said he told the company they had until Oct. 28, 2011, to complete the project.

The board approved the measure, 3-0.

With the start of the school year only days away, however, Pohlar said the business might need help.

"They may need some help with traffic control," Pohlar added.

"We can take care of that," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.

Meanwhile, Pohlar and Brazil City Attorney Traci Lawson updated the board regarding an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) about the city detention pond.

Lawson said she and Pohlar looked over the agreement, made necessary changes and sent it to INDOT for review and approval.

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