Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

December 13, 2013

Water rates will rise in March

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Batesville bridge replacement

Drivers of over 12,000 vehicles who travel daily on State Road 229 (Walnut Street) just south of State Road 46 will be delayed, but later than they thought. Originally, the letting date for the Indiana Department of Transportation project to install a new precast box culvert bridge on the road in the middle of the Hillcrest golf course was April 2, 2014, according to Harry Maginity, INDOT Seymour District public information director.

Now Mayor Rick Fledderman said the time frame is later. Prework will start in late fall 2014 with the bridge replacement in late winter and early spring 2015. Maginity said the project, which most likely would close that section of State Road 229, could take three months and result in detours. The mayor reported, “There have been a lot of discussions to try and keep Hillcrest from being financially impacted.”

The city will pay for a sewer line to be moved. “We’re reasonably certain this will all be reimbursed” by INDOT, he said.

Looking at an HWC Engineering, Indianapolis, spreadsheet about estimated sewer line relocation costs, Chaffee said construction costs would total $145,000 and engineering expenses $64,500. “That’s almost half the construction cost. Engineering fees are usually 10-15 percent of construction.”

Fledderman itemized the $64,500: bid package and other services, $37,000; design, $13,500; INDOT coordination, $6,000; permitting, $4,500; surveying, $2,000; and easement descriptions, $1,500.

Chaffee contended, “I don’t think this amount of engineers’ fees is a wise expenditure for taxpayers.” Fledderman said, “We can go back and tell them we think the costs are too high.” Lambert suggested, “Why don’t we table this (contract signing) and have more discussion with them?” and other members agreed.

Parks and sports fields fees

Fledderman, who just reviewed 2014 city budgets, said those for the parks and pool “are pretty slim… we have got to find ways to offset” declining dollars available to maintain and improve recreational areas. He presented Ordinance 13-2013, which increases many recreational facilities and use fees, to the council for a first reading.

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