Design-build team chosen for Nappanee’s new fire station | News

NAPPANEE — The scores have been tabulated and at Monday afternoon’s Board of Public Works meeting it was announced that Weingard Construction and K2M Design will design and build Nappanee’s new fire station.

Landon Martin of the Veridus Group, the city’s owner representative, said the technical review team, consisting of himself as a non-voting member, Todd Nunemaker, Jeff Knight, Don Lehman, Steve Heckathorn and Doug Berger, received and reviewed the price proposals and qualitative proposals and scored them accordingly. They also meet with the team. Once they had the scores, he said according to Indiana state code (IC 530-7-5) they needed to take the price and divide it by the scores to get what they called an adjusted price, but it’s really an adjusted score.

After the meeting he explained the adjustment was more for internal purposes for scoring and the actual cost of $11,804,851 did not change. Of the three Weigand/K2M scored the highest and had the lowest price.

Martin told the board the city will now negotiate a contract with the design-build team. Major Phil Jenkins, who attended the meeting virtually, said in a previous meeting that the design rendering may be adjusted.

WATER IMPROVEMENT

Ryan LaReau of Commonwealth was in attendance to present the project summary of the 2025 Water Improvement project. He said they identified four high priority areas to have water mains replaced — Nappanee Street, Clark Street, Hartman Street and Centennial Street. He said they all have four-inch mains and the state minimum standard is six-inch mains. Plus, the mains are all over 120 years old.

They examined four alternatives — taking no action, replacing with new four-inch mains, replacing with six-inch mains or replacing by pipe bursting, which is fairly more costly. Commonwealth recommended replacing with new six-inch mains, including all fittings and valves and removing any old lead service lines.

They also identified two other areas of need that LaReau said would also “improve our scoring with SRF.”

One would be to replace the horizontal pressure filter. He said it was inspected in August of 2023 and the No. 1 filter is from 1967, and the inside is degrading. They also looked at three alternatives — taking no action, replacing filter media and conducting any rehabilitation needed or replacing the entire filter, which would be more expensive. He recommended replacing the filter media and doing any needed rehabilitation.

The second area was addressing the low residual chlorine at the airport tank. He said they’re struggling to maintain high chlorine levels because it is not as heavily used at this point. They looked at doing nothing, installing a chlorine dosing station at the airport tank or installing altitude valves at the NorthWood and Clouse tanks. He said the altitude valves were part of the original airport tank project, but they decided to wait. Altitude valves would allow staff to open and close the valves and close them would force the use of the airport tank to increase residual chlorine — that’s the recommended action.

LaReau said as part of the project they looked at all the possible environmental impacts and found there were none. The total cost of the project was $7.7 million, and LaReau was asking for approval of the preliminary engineering report, a signatory resolution and a preliminary engineering report acceptance resolution. The board approved all of them.

LaReau said he would send the recommendation to the State Revolving Fund by the end of the week. He told the board that in late June they’d receive the priority list and funding package and at that time the board could decide how to move forward.

In other business, board members:

• Approved replacing the Franklin Lift Station at a cost of $13,383 from Toric Engineering. Wastewater Superintendent Shaun Kern said the lift station was struck by lightning on March 15.

• Approved the consent agenda with two denials — one was 201 N. Clark St. a NIPSCO request and Street Superintendent Brent Warren said they did the work without approval and 304 Maple Lane, a Brightspeed request and Warren said the work would go through the center of Walter drainage ditch, so they’d also need county permission.

• Approved sidewalk closure and parking space closure in front of My Red Moon for replacing roof and authorizing Warren to work with the contractor.

• Approved raises for Wastewater employee Jay Montano and Water Department employee Cole Reinhard after passing their probationary period.

• Heard the sinkhole on East Hudson Street will be worked on Tuesday, weather permitting.