(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Board of Works opened proposals from DLZ, RQAW Corp, A&F Engineering and Bernardin, Lachmueller and Associates for different parts of Bedford's Stellar projects.
Those projects including the moving of the Milwaukee Depot to a lot on J Street and establishing the Limestone Trail or figure-eight loop in the downtown area that will link to the rails-to-trails project.
Marla Jones, business and community development director says the proposals will be sent to INDOT for scoring and then the city will be notified about their findings.
In other business the board:
* Accepted the quote and authorized Mayor Shawna Girgis to enter into a contract with Key Research for the City of Bedford to conduct an Income Survey. According to Trena Carter, of ARa, the survey is needed to develop income guide lines for the Stellar Stonegate Art and Education Center.
* Approved the adoption of a new clothing allowance policy and guidelines for Bedford City Utilities, the Street Department and the Planning and Zoning Departments.
* Approved a change in the traffic schedule. Now the recommendation will be sent to the city council for approval. Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley and Street Department Commissioner Dan Kirk recommended that the north south alley between 6 ½ Street and 7 ½ Street and Lincoln Avenue and O streets be made a yield onto 7 ½ Street and 7 ½ Street be made a stop onto both Lincoln Avenue and O Street.
* Approved the hiring of Cody Turner as a part-time dispatcher for the Bedford Police Department. Turner replaces Steven Haley who retired in August. They also approved the promotion of Jim McCreery to dispatch supervisor and Stephanie Fitzgerald to IDACS Coordinator.
* Approved the placement of a passenger loading zone at 633 T Street. Rich Vonderharr and his wife, who are both legally blind, requested the loading zone. Chief Parsley says currently because the Vonderharr's don't drive, othesr are parking in front of their home, which leaves no room for the TASC bus or others to drop off or picking up the couple. The request will now go to the council for an ordinance approval.
* Approved for Bernardin, Louchmueller and Associates to enter into an agreement with the city utilities to oversee the improvements for the Spider Creek storm sewer project in the U Street channel.
* Approved the revision for the Transit Drug and Alcohol Policy. TASC Director Melanie Hacker says the revision is required by the FDA and INDOT. TASC has a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol use.
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