Danville Town Council addresses road and water issues

Compiled by Peg McRoy

The Danville Town Council met Aug. 2. These meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is Aug. 16.

What happened: Superintendent Andrew Pitcher, department of public works, opened a sealed bid to do preservation work on several spans of road in Danville that involves the Community Crossing Grant. That bid came from Pavement Solutions Inc. for $250,925.

What this means:  The bid from Pavement Solutions was the only bid in response to the town’s request for proposal and its bid is over the $200,000 budgeted amount for the project. The $200,000 includes a $65,000 Community Crossing Grant. The town needed to have an acceptable bid by Wed. Aug. 9 to remain in compliance with the time frame for retaining the Community Crossing matching grant. The council voted to authorize negotiations with Pavement Solutions to reduce the bid to $200,000 by the deadline. In the event the negotiations did not reduce the bid from Pavement Solutions, it was automatically declined.

What happened: The wastewater department was given the go-ahead to replace the pump at the County Home lift station. The County Home, known as Cypress Manor, is located at 865 E. Main St. in Danville.

What this means:  The County Home lift station has already been rebuilt two times and it is now more cost effective to replace than to rebuild it again. BBC Pump and Equipment Co., Inc. out of Indianapolis will do the project at a cost of $13,065.

What happened: The wastewater department was also given approval to access American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to pay for the start of the town’s east interceptor project. The amount requested and granted was $13,581.

What this means: ARPA was enacted by federal legislation to help communities deal with COVID-19 public health emergencies. Indiana communities received $1.28 billion through ARPA. Eligible uses for the funds include water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. These funds will pay for the preliminary survey and engineering for the east interceptor.

What happened: The council approved a request by the department of public works to pave a section of S. CR 300 E. in conjunction with road paving Hendricks County is doing that is contiguous to a section of the road Danville has annexed.

What this means:  The Hendricks County Engineer’s Office asked Danville if the town would be interested in paving the section that the town has annexed. This cooperation with the county will result in a fully paved road and at a lower cost than Danville would incur by doing the paving independently at a later time. The project is expected to cost Danville $44,501.