Warsaw Board Of Public Works and Safety Friday approved waiving unpaid wastewater bills for two properties.
There are two closed accounts that the wastewater payment office has been unable to collect the unpaid balance on, according to Mary Lou Plummer, wastewater payment office manager.
One wastewater account showed the home was sold in March with the seller owing $140.18 for its wastewater bill. The payment office was not able to put a lien on the property after it was sold, and there was no forwarding address left with the wastewater office or the post office.
The second closed account was from 2012 with a balance of $104.32 from a tenant of one of the suites owned by the City of Warsaw that was demolished for the City Hall parking lot. The payment office has tried unsuccessfully to get the tenant to pay the wastewater bill, and turned the matter over to Mike Valentine, city attorney.
Plummer requested the BOW recognize the debts as a loss to the city and asked permission to delete the balance from the city’s books.
The wastewater department will keep the information on file for future reference.
The board also approved an $8,497.50 contract between Warsaw Police Department and BIS Digital to replace the video recording system in the detective and patrol divisions and polygraph office.
The total cost of the project is $29,414.50. The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office has offered $20,917 toward the project.
The board also approved:
• A $8,840 contract with New Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to replace the heating and air conditioning unit at Warsaw Police Department.
• A contract between H.J. Umbaugh & Associates and Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory for accounting support services.
• A $6,045.31 contract with Game Time, c/o Sinclair Recreation, to replace the playground and tile at Kiddieland Park.
• The replacement of the Warsaw Parks Department’s 1998 Ford truck used by recreation staff in the summer and for maintenance staff in the winter. The truck has approximately 110,000 miles and 16 years of use. The board will purchase a 2015 Chevrolet truck for $36,815 from Shepherd’s Chevrolet.
• A contract with Brian Smith for a stagehand for the country music concert July 18 and a stagehand for the blues and barbecue concert June 27.
• A $2,047.50 contract with A & Z Engineering for Husky Trail right-of-way services.
• A $5,155 contract with E.F. Rhoades & Sons to purchase a hot water power washer for the Street Department. The washer allows for the cleaning of equipment with the use of chemical degreasers.
• The street department purchase of an S750 and S550 skid street loader for a total of $18,371. The money is available for the Bobcat purchases in the Street Main Budget Machinery and Equipment.
• Salaries for Gordon Allen at $1,722.95 bi-weekly as a Warsaw Police Department patrol officer changing to the third shift; Ryan Coble at a $1,757.07 bi-weekly salary as a patrol officer assigned to the second shift; Roger Sarber as a $15.50-an-hour equipment operator for the street department; and Mark Hohenstein at $17.50 an hour as a street department mechanic.
• A $5,408.52 contract with Everest Excavating for an emergency repair of a sewer pipe in an alley between Buffalo and Lake Streets that was drilled into when a groundwater monitoring well was being installed.
• A request from Nick King, airport manager, to scrap an 18-year-old Mercury Sable that has a cracked engine block and will be sent to Lewis Salvage.
The board also reviewed two quotes for a sign for city hall that will be taken under advisement including a $23,665 quote from Graycraft Signs Plus and a $23,470 quote from Veneto Signs.