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City plans Riverfork Industrial Park West

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The planning for Riverfork Industrial Park West is underway, as the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety approved a study to look into infrastructure improvements Monday.

Innovative Engineering Services was awarded a project totalling nearly $65,000, which will be paid from the TIF (tax increment financing) fund. Engineering director Anthony Goodnight said the project will include the possibility of adding additional acreage to the 127-acre plot of land recently purchased to expand Huntington’s available industrial space.

“As part of that study we are going to identify utility improvements that need to be made, the best routes for those improvements as well as working with organizations like INDOT to make sure that the road and intersection can handle the traffic,” Goodnight said.

The city also ratified a change to the contract regarding public park mowing. Goodnight said Huntington Nursery contacted city officials to say it cannot complete the contract because of a worker shortage.

Mayor Brooks Fetters and other city officials approved an agreement with the second-lowest bidder, McGuin’s Clean Cut Lawn Maintenance. Goodnight said the cost for mowing increased by nearly $29,000 for the two-year contract.

“We were able to negotiate down a little bit,” Goodnight said, since the agreed price didn’t match McGuin’s original bid.

In other business, the board also amended a contract with Nathan Doctor, who farms a water well field on the north side of the city, since the city installed a well in the area recently.

“As a part of the wellhead protection area, you can’t plant anything, you can’t put any fertilizer within a 100 foot radius of that well,” Goodnight advised.

He said the agreement was changed from 42 acres to 41 acres.

The city also accepted bids for 2019 street paving. It only received one bid for $1,129,903.90 from E&B Paving, so the board took the matter under advisement although Goodnight said the bid “was very close to what the engineering estimate was.”

In other news::

n The board signed an agreement with the Huntington County Soil and Water District since the county built the building on city property at the landfill. City attorney Mike Hartburg said HCSWD signed the agreement, adding that the lease agreement will formalize the agreement for future administrations.

n The board heard an update about the former Marsh building at 220 S. Jefferson St. Building commissioner Shad Paul said the owner is currently fixing bricks, as requested in the enforcement order, and asked the board to give a 30-day extension for the company to look into a replacement of the roof.

n The board awarded the West Park Drive culvert replacement bid to Hiner & Associates.

n The board awarded the St. Emily Drive bid to Primco, of Fort Wayne.