Warsaw Board of Works member George Clemens presided over a hybrid meeting Thursday, July 2, with Mayor Joe Thallemer, Jeff Grose and lawyer Scott Reust attending virtually. City clerk-treasurer Lynn Christiansen also attended the meeting in person.

Thallemer recently revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus saying except for a couple days of fever and tiredness, he now feels well. His quarantine period is nearly over.

Clemens asked everyone to keep the mayor and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

The board opened the meeting approving a road closure request presented by Patrick Loebs, which was approved. This is for Loebs’ annual block party on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4 to 11 p.m.

The street closing is the north half of North Maple Avenue between East Main and East Fort Wayne streets.

Parks director Larry Plummer presented a request to accept a $4,050 grant award from the Indiana Arts commission, a $273.50 decrease from previous grant cycles for the Central Park Concert series, which was approved.

Plummer also presented a contract for Design Collaborative architectural and engineering services for the parks department maintenance garage.  Plans are to add the park administrative offices at the garage which will same quite a bit of money, acccording to Thallemer.

Costs for the services is $35,700, which were approved.

Wright Tree Service asked for and received permission to use Warsaw parks as a training ground for employees, to identify and remove tree in poor shape at no cost to the city, which was approved.

City planner Jeremy Skinner presented an invoice from HRP Construction for work on the Airport Industrial Park Sewer Project in the amount of $430,525.44, which was approved.

The board also agreed to granting a status of substantial completion with Layne Inline for the small diameter sewer rehabilitation project of June 9.

Skinner said there was one small job left to do. The final inspection will then take place and the project will be complete.

Wessler Engineering submitted several pay applicaitons related to the wastewater plant expansion project: No. 62 for $17,451 for services in April; No. 63 for $48,706 for work in May; and No. 64 for $10,980 work in June along with an additional $490 to determine how to lift and level a pipe under U.S. 30.

Also approved were:

• The outdoor seating area and layout for 110 Craft Meatery, 110 N. Buffalo St., which is the same as last year.

• NV Grant Services pay application No. 16 for $1,170 to ensure contractor’s labor standards are being met.

• A travel request for Warsaw Police Department Sgt. Lewis Fuller for DARE officer training, July 12 to 24, in the amount of $2,298.

• Regular, prepaid claims of $2,314,818; $35,467.71 for pensions and claims of $36,076.73.

Christiansen noted Gov. Eric Holcomb extended an executive order disallowing utility shut offs until Aug. 14 and asked if the wastewater utility should late charges on wastewater any further.

Thallemer noted the wastewater utility cannot do a shut off.

“We can only eliminate fees for late payments,” he said, and the board agreed to restart late fees with the October billings and revisit the decision in September.