Council awards Senior Center roof to Limberlost Construction
After discussing a request from the Berne Senior Center Board of Directors, Berne City Council voted on Monday night to honor a request from the board to re-roof the center with asphalt shingles. Council then agreed to award the bid for the singles to Limberlost Construction Company.
Much of the council discussion occurred with the understanding that the Senior Center volunteered to pay for the roof. In spite of the fact that the center leases from a city-owned building, council members agreed that since the center is paying, their wishes should be honored.
Last month, council examined bids from Taylor Made, which included $58,475 for asphalt singles and $49,750 for a metal roof and Limberlost Construction, which had submitted bids of $53,850 for asphalt and $60,000 for a metal roof.
Council had then deferred the matter to the Senior Center Board for discussion. The board, in turn, submitted a letter to council requesting the asphalt roof.
Council members asked architect Randy Sprunger if he was sure that the roof would last for the projected 30-year life of the asphalt shingles.
"I'm 100 percent sure that we've met all of the requirements that the shingle company is requiring," said Sprunger. "Whether that allows them to last 30 years or not, I'm not sure."
"Fortunately for the city, they were able to get a hold of money to take care of the roof," said Mayor Bill McKean. "I'm excited about this project either way."
"Based on their (board) letter, I make a motion that we go with the shingled roof and award the contract to Limberlost Construction Company," said council president Gregg Sprunger.
Also on Monday, following a public hearing on proposed water rates and charges, council purposed that it would pass legislation at its Oct. 9 meeting that will increase local water rates for the first time since 1980. At Monday night's hearing, Steve Carter, a rate consultant from H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, said that those using 2,000 gallons of water per month would see an increase from $5.30 to $9.94 while average users of 4,000 gallons monthly will see their rates increase by $8.42 monthly from $9.54 to $17.96.
Carter said that even with the rate increase, Berne's water rates would still remain below the monthly fees of 30 cities the size of Berne, from across the state.
"Current rates are not sufficient to take care of current operating requirements," said Carter.
In other matters, council approved a recommendation from Curt Dailey to purchase a 2013 sanitation truck (Selking International). The official request to council came from the Board of Public Works.
Also, council voted to direct city attorney Jim Beitler to write an ordinance to allow for one handicap parking space along Water Street near the intersection with Jefferson Street.
Council member Ron Dull informed council members that this year's Lehman Park Harvest Festival would be held on Oct. 6.
"There will be a lot of arts and craft vendors, games and crafts for children of all ages," Dull said. "This is a great opportunity to raise money for park equipment."
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