Tracy Street road project finishes under budget, Markle council hears

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Stephenie Hensley

The Tracy Street road improvement project is complete, and Markle Town Council members received some good news at their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 18, that will put some money back in the town’s pockets.

Evan Thompson of the architectural and engineering design services firm DLZ told the council that construction was completed on May 8, and the project came in about $54,000 under the original contract price.

“I expect it will stay under the original price, even with all the change orders,” Thompson said.

Among the last-minute change orders are a credit of $5,000 for planting Kwanzan cherry trees instead of lilac trees, which were unavailable to the contractor. Thirty-four of the trees were planted, Thompson said.

The town will see the savings after it pays for the  project, said Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton.

“The town pays the bill then 80 percent comes back to the town from INDOT, so the town won’t have to pay as much,” she said. “That’s $54,000 that the town won’t have to pay.”

In other business, the board unanimously approved Resolution 2017-6, establishing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator position and amending ADA procedures and notices in accordance with the ADA.

Mike Grant has been designated as the town’s ADA coordinator.

Councilmen also unanimously adopted Ordinance 2017-1 to annex a small portion of land into the town limits located at Novae, completing a swap of properties into annexation and de-annexation that had not been properly recorded previously. The purpose of the swap is to correctly line up the property lines, said Council President Jeff Humbarger.

The council also heard from Jay Stankiewicz, senior staff engineer at JPR surveying and engineering firm, who said the lowest bidder on the Novae Parkway reconstruction project was Brooks Construction, bidding $522,355. Councilmen awarded the bid to Brooks with a 3-1 vote.

Construction is expected to begin shortly after July 4.

Stankiewicz also said a Community Crossings matching grant road improvement program that will target a section of road between U.S.-224 and CR 600N has received permit approval from the Indiana Department of Transportation and he expects to receive bids on the project from Wayne, E&B and Brooks construction companies.

“I scheduled the quotes to be in before the next council meeting in June, so we can evaluate and hopefully award it, if it comes in as we planned,” Stan-kiewicz told the council.

A third project, also a Community Crossings grant project for 2017, is in the application process. Stankiewicz said it is a 25 percent match for Markle, with INDOT paying 75 percent on street and road repairs. He added that the application is due July 14, and at the June meeting he will present a list of streets and costs for the town’s approval, along with a letter of financial commitment. The program can pay for such improvements as curb ramps, sidewalks, dr-ainage, guardrails and small structures such as culverts, he said.

Another new town employee, Stephenie Hensley, was formally introduced at the meeting. Hensley, a part-time employee who began in April, is the administrative coordinator. Her primary duties include paying bills and handling payroll.

Town Supervisor Rick Asher reported that May cleanup began on May 16. He reminded residents to call the town office at 758-3193 to be placed on the list for heavy trash pickup.