Martin said progress is quiet good and about one third of the conduit has been installed. He said there have been up to three crews working on the project at a time.
With good news on the project Martin announced a savings of $60,000 in railroad permit fees. He explained that due to a recent Appeals Court decision the railroad is now prevents from charging excessive access fees. Martin said, “Marshall County contractor CSU made the committee aware of this decision.”
Another issue for consideration by the Redevelopment Commission was the addition of 35 marker posts. The markers are used as a visual clue, white with an orange cap, to locate where the underground conduit has been installed. The original contract only had 20 markers and Martin said, “Based on my recent work with Saint Joe Valley Metronet and a detailed review of the scope of work we came up with the need for 55 total.” Martin said they cost $70 each or $2,450 and after some discussion the Commission approved the additional with member Mike Miley voting against.
For months Mr. Martin has warned members of the Redevelopment Commission of the possibility of additional requests to hook-up to the Metronet once the project starts to become visual. On Tuesday he presented requests for the city to fund short extensions in the public right-of-way from Teachers Credit Union’s two locations and for the Insurance agency on East Washington Street and from Steve Palbykin representing the Plymouth Building with multiple commercial units.
The Redevelopment Commission rejected the requests noting there was significant outreach prior to the start of the project. These businesses will have to opportunity to join at a later time with all expense being their responsibility.