Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety approved Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory to pursue two different grants Friday.

EMS Chief Chris Fancil approached the BOW for permission to apply for eight additional thermal imaging cameras for the WWFT. Fancil said WWFT currently has three of the cameras.

A quote from Municipal Emergencies for the cameras is for $4,271.92. WWFT is looking to apply for a grant through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation and Kosciusko REMC Round Up Foundation for $3,000. He said he is confident operating funds from WWFT’s budget can pay the remaining cost.

The board approved for WWFT to apply for the grant.

Fancil also asked to apply for a grant to replace the Save-A-Life trailer. Fancil said their public education people use the trailer to help educate third-graders in  Warsaw Community Schools. It will go to different elementary schools and different firefighters will go out and do education on fire safety.

One of the biggest problems, he said, is the trailer is 30 years old.

Fancil didn’t have a hard number for how much they’re going to ask for with the grant because they’re still looking at different options. He said the potential cost he heard about was potentially around $200,000.

Earlier in the meeting, several contracts in regards to production and stage hands for the Warsaw Parks Departments’ summer concert series were approved.

Recreation Director Stephanie Schaefer went in front of the board and asked approval for Brian Fravel to provide production for the blues concert at Glover Pavilion July 7, the country concert at Glover Pavilion July 21 and the rock concert at Glover Pavilion June 16.

Stage hands approved by the BOW were Brian Neher for the rock and country concerts, Brian Smith for all three concerts, Carrie Heflick for the rock and country concerts, Paul Lafferty for all three concerts, Tad Heflict for the rock and country concerts and Tim Smith for all three concerts, all of who will be paid $150 for each concert they work.

Also, Utilities Superintendent Brian Davison said the wastewater utility currently has two places bring in waste hauled in from out of city limits and has agreements with those places to do so. He said the utility has had requests from other places that want to use Warsaw’s facility as an emergency if they can’t handle the volume of water or something similar at their own facility.

He said, after talks with Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer and engineers, the best way to deal with it was to set up a hauled waste rate. It would not affect the normal rates for residents or businesses. It would be a completely different “rate system for anyone who wants to haul waste into us.”

They will work with municipal financial advisers Baker Tilly to set the rate and it will go to the Warsaw Common Council. It will be like any other ordinance, where it will take two readings to pass.

In other business, the board approved:

• A payment application from Phend and Brown for $218,581.99 for the Lindberg Drive project.

• To join with the state of Indiana for the 2023-24 salt bid. Street Superintendent Dustin Dillon said he was seeking permission to commit to a quantity of 1,800 tons of untreated road salt.

• Pay applications for $172,393.20, $155,544.30 and $113,502.60 for work done on the Center Lake Pavilion renovation project from Dec. 1-31, Jan. 1-21 and Feb. 1-28, respectively.

• A pay application for $52,588 from HRP Construction for the Warsaw Airport lift station.

• A memorandum of understanding between the city of Warsaw and the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition where the city will help fund preventative health screenings by providing $5,000 to NIHHC.

NIHHC will host the free health screening at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on April 22.

Thallemer said the funding is coming from CARES Act funding.

• A contract for $101,694 between Warsaw Wastewater Treatment Utility and MacAllister Machinery for a three-year biannual service agreement for work on 10 generators.

• A five-year preventive maintenance contract for $2,526.25 per visit between WWTU and Trojan Technologies Group.