The Board of Works held another public hearing for the Meridian Park drainage project Tuesday morning.
The project – which aims to alleviate flooding in the area by installing a detention basin – was originally to be paid for in part with grant money received from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
It ended up being cheaper than the amount of grant money they intended to use. So the board had another hearing to determine what they could do with the remainder of the grant money.
“What happened basically is the construction contract, along with some of the soft costs created a new budget total of $773,000,” said Jodi Comer with the Southern Indiana Regional Plan Commission. “The original budget was $1.4 million, so basically after contracts were signed, you came in at half.”
The city was granted $600,000 in grant funds, but is only using about $324,000. The city can’t use all $600,000 toward the cost of the project because the city had to match half the project cost in order to receive the grant.
After speaking with the city engineering department and with OCRA, the city was allowed to modify the project to add an extra detention basin and upgrade one manhole.
This project was bid out back in February. Schutte Excavating out of Greensburg was awarded the bid.
“Where we are right now, we’ve done the additional environmental work and that came back clean,” Comer said. “We have to have this public hearing, and then we’ll send in this documentation, and [OCRA] will grant the city approval to keep moving forward and use those additional funds.”
There was no public comment.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Shelbyville Police Officer James Jones and approved a contract with Commonwealth Engineering for a drainage study in the southwest part of town.
The board also approved closing the parking spaces in front of the Strand Theatre on Friday at 11 a.m. for the theater’s roof replacement. A crane will be parked in those spots, lifting materials.
Lastly, Mayor Tom DeBaun recognized Shelbyville High School student Sarah Spence, an intern for the city attorney, for signing to play soccer at Olivet Nazarene University last week.