City of Warsaw Board of Works approved the purchase of an unoccupied gas station/convenience store at the corner of Canal and Detroit streets at its meeting Friday morning.

Assistant City Planner Justin Taylor told the board that the price of $152,500 was determined, as required by state statute, from the average of two appraisals.

The property was purchased “as is” and the building on the site will be torn down. The site will require some site cleanup work, such as the removal of fuel tanks, before anything else can be done with the plat.

Ideas for the property include adding a right-turn lane for southbound Detroit Street  traffic into Central Park, but no definite plans have been established. Grants will be sought to pay for the site cleanup.





West CR 300N Project

The board approved a bid from Phend and Brown of Milford for just under $1.9 million for Phase II of the West CR 300N project.

The construction will put a roundabout at the intersection with Shelden Street, south and west of Kohl’s, and repave the road from the west entrance of the shopping center to a point near Tippe Downs Drive.

Sewer Plant Expansion

Utility Manger Brian Davison told the board he expected the official notice to proceed on the wastewater treatment plant expansion will be in place on Feb. 25, and work can begin immediately.

Davison said construction trailers and a parking lot are being placed on site so things are ready to go on that date. He added a camera will be installed on site so anyone with an internet connection can see the construction process start to finish at warsaw.in.gov.

The estimated $30 million project has a 22-month construction timeline, putting the completion date around October 2020. The board approved several engineering-related expenditures totaling about $124,000 for the project.

In other business, Davison said large diameter sewer line rehabilitation is nearly complete, and there are a half-dozen or so projects for small diameter lines that are on hold at the city’s request. Those projects will need to tear up some pavement, and Davison said rather than fill any holes with rocks on a temporary basis, the rehab of the lines will wait until asphalt plants open for the season.

Summer Concerts

Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer presented the board with a list of musical acts to perform this summer at Glover Pavilion in Central Park. Performers are Cari Ray and The Shaky Legs, Hurricane Reggae Band, Kari Lynch Band, Smooth Edge 2, The Bulldogs and The Matchsellers. The performances will be free to attend, paid for by grants from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Plummer received permission from the board to apply for a grant from the IAC for the 2020 summer concert season. He said he’ll apply for $5,000, same as for the 2019 season. This year’s grant award was for $4,090.

Specific dates for this year’s concerts were not announced.

Other Agenda Items

The board also took action on the following items:

• Authorized street closures on Canal and Buffalo streets for the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival over Memorial Day weekend.

• Permitted Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Chief Mike Wilson to apply for a grant to stock Narcan, a drug overdose antidote, with plans to supply first responders throughout the county.

• Accepted separate grants for the police department for its DUI Task Force and Operation Pullover.

The next Board of Works meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 1 at City Hall, 102 S. Buffalo St.