WINONA LAKE – Due to requested and required revisions to the roundabout project, the Winona Lake Town Council Tuesday evening approved a supplemental agreement with A&Z Engineering LLC.

The additional work by A&Z will add approximately $50,000 to the contract for a total of about $390,000, according to town coordinator Craig Allebach.

The town and A&Z entered a contract agreement in March 2018 for professional engineering services to complete the preliminary engineering and right of way engineering for the intersection improvement at Argonne Road, Winona Avenue, Kings Highway and Park Avenue.





According to a copy of the supplemental agreement, the project scope must be revised to reflect the need to use Michiana Area Council of Governments intersection traffic counts dated September 2018 for re-evaluation of roundabout geometry and formulating a new roundabout geometry; and a demolition plan is needed to remove existing building in the northwest quadrant of the intersection to construct an exclusive southbound right-turn lane from Argonne Road to Winona Avenue and additional engineering design work for its construction. Also, there is a need for additional right of way parcels to allow trail continuity from South McKinley Street to the west project limits as requested by the town.

It also was determined by the Indiana Department of Transportation that the project scope must be revised to undertake Phase II environmental assessment of the northwest parcel owned by the town, formerly Collier’s Heating & Cooling, and the northeast parcel due to possible presence of contaminants arising from businesses upstream (Warsaw Chemical Co.) or previously at site (formerly Winona Quick Mart).

In addition, the project scope must be revised to improve the condition of existing railroad abutments and surrounding lands through architectural and landscaping improvements without impacting the structural integrity of the railroad bridge and securing approval of the appropriate railway authorities to undertake the improvements within railroad right of way.

After the council unanimously approved that, Allebach presented an indemnification agreement for office space for the police department. It, too, was unanimously approved.

Allebach said, “We currently don’t have the idemnification agreement finalized; however, I’m requesting the town council authorize the president (Rick Swaim) to sign the idemnification agreement. Basically, the police department is looking at some property space for their offices, and this is basically to absolve the owner of any sort of liability that might come up.”

Councilwoman Tecy Banta asked what kind of offices. Allebach initially said they were for the entire police department, but then backtracked and said “just certain individuals, not the whole department. They need some extra space.”

A resolution to appoint Randy Bays as a Winona Lake Police Department reserve officer also was approved.

Town Marshal Joe Hawn said Bays has eight years in law enforcement, with 6½ of those at Mentone and 1½ with Claypool. On Feb. 4, Bays was hired as a full-time officer with Claypool. After a swearing-in ceremony at Winona, Bays went down to Claypool to be sworn in.

“We’re real excited to be able to have him,” Hawn said.

In his report to the council, town engineer Aaron Carl said he got all the field work completed for the Pierceton Road sewer capacity and most of the calculations.

“I’ve got a few things I need from a lift station information and then we’ll have some answers for that. There’s a subdivision that they’re talking about putting in, in that direction, that they’re proposing to put in, and they need to know how many homes they can add to it,” Carl said.

Grace College Professor Dr. Terry White asked where that proposed development was going.

“Raccoon Run Golf Course,” Carl replied. “So, what I’m looking at (with the lift station) is getting everything back to the main gravity system and to find out the capacity and how many more homes we can put in, in their development. They’re talking up to 150 homes.”

Swaim reiterated that was just proposed.

Allebach said it’s actually in the county but Winona Lake would provide the sewer if they are able to pull it off.

White said that was big news, and Banta said it certainly would be for the tax rolls.

In other business, the council:

• Approved an agreement between the Winona Lake Parks and Recreation Department and Wayne Township for the township to pay the parks department $14,500 so that residents and children of residents in the township can make use of the town’s parks and summer recreation programs. Parks Superintendent Holly Hummitch said it’s the annual contract, but this year the township board approved an additional $2,500 above the $12,000 it usually gives.

• Heard the 4-Leaf Clover 5K at Green Earth Multi-Sport will begin at 9 a.m. March 17, and the World Compassion Network 5K at the park will begin at 10 a.m. March 23.

• Approved the appointment of Dave Turner to the Economic Development Commission and Bruce Shaffner to the Plan Commission.



A story regarding the council's discussion of greenway trails can be found here.