Two Public Hearings Conducted Prior To Bedford City Council Meeting

(BEDFORD) – There were two public hearings conducted prior to the Bedford City Council Meeting on Monday night.

The first hearing was Sigma Steel’s request to vacate a street located on property that they are selling. The sale is being held up because of an alley that is located between L and M streets.

Sigma Steel sold three parcels of property. A fourth parcel was held up due to a street located on the fourth parcel. They requested that the street be vacated.

The only person to speak on the proposal was Robert Downham who lives at 421 L Street and uses the alley to access his property. After expressing his concerns, Sigma Steel explained he will still have access to his property from another alley. After his concerns were addressed he had no opposition to the proposal.

The City Council members voted to move the proposal on to the City Council for a vote.

The second public hearing was held for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project and the 22nd and F Street Pump Station Improvement Project.

Kyle Meyers, of Lochmuller Group, and Utility Director Misty Adams provided information on the projects.

The construction cost for this project is estimated at $9.5 million. The cost of financial, legal, engineering planning, and design will bring the estimated cost to $11,095,400.

The project will update the plant which was constructed in the 1950s and expanded in 1999.

The only person to speak on the project was Ed Bay who questioned why officials are not seeking competitive bids on the project. He also questioned why Louchmuller Group was the only company receiving contracts to oversee the improvement of these major sewer and wastewater projects.

A new pump station is proposed at 22nd and F Streets similar to the one pictured here. The total project for Waste Water Treatment Plant and new pump Station will have a projected final cost of $11 million dollars.

Copies of the proposed project will be available for inspection at Bedford City Hall and the Bedford Utilities Office.

Written questions can be submitted to Utility Director Misty Adams at 1614 L Street, Bedford Indiana 47421.