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Seven homes getting total $137,00 in rehabilitation work under Stellar project

Friday, June 1, 2012

Seven homes within the South Court residential area, south of the Courthouse Square in Greencastle, will receive upgrades and rehabilitation under the $19.5 million Indiana Stellar Grant package awarded to the city in March 2011.

As part of $300,000 awarded to the city via a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for owner-occupied rehabilitation of homes within the district, the Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday awarded $137,988 worth of projects.

Tucker Construction, Indianapolis, was awarded the contracts on $92,511 worth of work on four qualifying homes:

-- The Skinner home, 403 E. Hanna St., $30,750.

-- The Cofer home, 1 E. Liberty St., $23,500.

-- The Rumley home, 211 W. Columbia St., $23,095.

-- The Harbison house, 126 E. Walnut St., $15,166.

Emmert Group LLC, Brazil, was awarded two projects, identical $15,166 jobs for the Campbell home, 202 W. Washington St., and the Kemp house, 412 E. Washington St., for a $30,322 total.

Tranum Insulation Inc., Indianapolis, was awarded the contract for work at the Richardson house, 207 N. College Ave., at a total of $15,145.

The projects include varying degrees of lead-based paint remediation, exterior siding, energy-related improvements, insulation upgrades, furnace repairs, plaster and drywall repairs, electrical upgrades, new roofing, new flooring, water heaters and more.

Mayor Sue Murray noted that the chosen contractors -- incidentally, there were no local general contractors bidding on the project -- have arranged to use local subcontractors wherever possible.

At least two other homes are expected to meet the criteria to qualify for the owner-occupied portion of the Stellar project. Other homes potentially could be added as long as the funding holds out.

In another portion of the Stellar Grant project addressed by the Board of Works, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. (CMT) consulting engineers, Indianapolis, was given a notice to proceed on preliminary engineering on the streetscapes effort.

Aside from Anderson Street, which is being handled separately, the other Stellar Grant streetscape projects are Washington Street (from Vine to Bloomington), and Locust, Spring, College and Vine streets (from Washington to Seminary).

Plans are to have the preliminary design to INDOT by Jan. 16 in order to make an April 2013 construction letting. INDOT wants the project complete by April 2014.

Cassie Reiter will be CMT's project engineer on the streetscapes work. CMT is the firm responsible for the Super Bowl village design work along Georgia Street in Indianapolis earlier this year.

"When Cassie first came here," Mayor Murray said, "The question was, 'Is this about looking good or structure?' Very much the majority is about the structure. But it's going to look nice, too."

CMT officials will be surveying the streets and the right-of-way in question this coming Monday and Tuesday, using a 3-D scanner to document the surroundings.

On Monday, CMT will scan Indiana and Vine streets (from Washington to Seminary), as well as the alley north of the Vine Street parking lot, which has terrible drainage and is a hazard to navigate in the winter.

On Tuesday, CMT will survey Washington Street (from Vine to Bloomington) and Locust Street (Washington to Seminary).

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I got to get a new compass. When did they move Columbia Street from north of the Court House to South of the Court House? Always interesting to read the Banner.

-- Posted by Ed46135 on Fri, Jun 1, 2012, at 7:41 AM

What a waste of tax dollars. Private property improvements should be paid for by the property owner not by me!

-- Posted by hometownboy on Fri, Jun 1, 2012, at 8:15 AM

Do the homeowners have to kick in a certain amount of monies?

-- Posted by stealthmode on Fri, Jun 1, 2012, at 9:02 AM

I Just want to clear up some unfortunate and under the table, unethical circumstances that has been brought to my attention. Tucker Construction never went out to any of these homes, ask any of the homeowners, and the reason why is because the Energy Auditors that sat on the board of the "Development",the committee that the city hired to head up the Stellar Grant ,that wrote up the scope of work also owns and operates a construction company, called Alternative Energy Source, LLC., please go to their websight www.aesblowerdoor.com and then click on testomonials, there's is a big thanks to Tucker Insulation, that would be why Tucker Construction never went to any of the seven homes because it was a inside deal, how else can you bid on homes sight unseen? furthermore there was a local bidder who bid on the jobs made appointments with all the homeowners a thoroughly made a valid effort on keeping the "green" in Greencastle, or the city's saying is buy Local, but most of the bids went to a Indpls Company. I'm not sure if this constitutes "conflict of interest " or unethical business, when the "Development" Co. hires their own people or if this how all Bid work consists of? I'm sure that is why when they put it in the paper for local bidders,it was in the legals, instead of being on the front page. When I went to get my bid package I sat by Tucker Construction, and I could tell the Energy auditor that was on the board handing out packages and this Company went hand in hand so I took a card from the Energy Auditors looked up his websight and put two and two together, but I still hoped the City would do the right thing that benefited everyone concerned. Let me assure you there was a local bidder, you have all the information make your own judgement.

-- Posted by fairview on Fri, Jun 1, 2012, at 12:24 PM

The city says it was the Banner's fault, Typo, They knew local contractors bid on these homes!!!, Really????

-- Posted by fairview on Fri, Jun 1, 2012, at 1:46 PM

Nothing ever really changes! Let's not blame the BG for all of the problems stated within this story - this is a "city" project and it's time to reward their supporters. If the city wanted to "buy local" they could have worked with some of our local contractors to define this work. I saw nothing listed that could not have been done by local contractors.

-- Posted by gunner on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 12:05 PM

Now they are surveying around the town. Are those local people? And do we not have local surveyors?

-- Posted by stealthmode on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 9:10 AM

my family and I are very excited to be one of the lucky seven, very blessed

-- Posted by banner1 on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 2:18 PM

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