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13 Companies interested in City’s South Gateway Project

January 24, 2012

01/25/12 The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety opened bids for the 2012 street materials.  Two local companies; Stockberger Group and Rock Industries bid on a number of materials including number 53 aggregate, fill sand, fill dirt, ice/sand mix and machine rentals.

Proposals were also opened from 13 companies interested in serving the city as a Construction Inspector for the South Gateway Improvements.  Those companies were from South Bend and Mishawaka and as far away as Indianapolis and Chicago.  The Proposals were taken under advisement and will be referred to the Redevelopment Commission for a recommendation. 

Mayor Senter has asked City Engineer Rick Gaul, City Attorney Nelson Chipman and Redevelopment Commission member Dan Tyree to handle INDOT’S specific review and rating process evaluating the companies interested in the project.   

During the Plymouth Board of Works and Safety on January 23, City Engineer Rick Gaul received several compliments on his work for the City.

Gaul had given members of the Board his year-end report that showed a total of 2,463 hours that he had worked. Although not on the Public Works Board, Councilman Mike Delp commented, “I’m not complaining.” He then said the number of hours fulltime employees work is 2,080 but the report indicated Gaul had worked 2463 hours. Delp said, “There are 300 plus hours that you essentially donated.”Gaulis a salaried employee and does not qualify for overtime pay.

Gaul said, “We are trying to keep track of hours spent on each project.”

Board member Wayne Smith said, “After being in Indy earlier this month I feel we are far ahead of anyone else in this department (around the state). We appreciate everything you’ve done.”

Gaulhad worked on a number of projects including theOak Roadexpansion.

Delp then suggested looking into an assistant for the department so that the city would not have to hire outside firms for part of the projects.

No action was taken on the suggestion.

Plymouth Fire Chief Andy Metsker requested and was granted permission to move Melissa Clark from probationary status to a permanent employee. Clark has been with the department for the past 11 months as a Fireman/Paramedic and has received her firefighter 1 & 2 training. The position was approved on a vote of 4-0. Board member Shawn Grobe was absent from the meeting.