Members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission were sworn into office earlier this month and reorganization was conducted with Mike Miley being reappointed as president, Nancy Felde was moved from secretary to vice president and Craig Hopple will be the new secretary. Other members include Billy Ellinger and Robin Kupka who is the non-voting member selected by the Plymouth School Board. The former seat held by Tom Pedavoli hasn’t been filled yet. Mayor Listenberger will make an appointment for that position before their next meeting on Feb. 20th. They also set their meeting dates and times as the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
City Attorney Jeff Houin discussed the Hoham Drive project in TIF #1, the U.S. 30 / Oak Road Economic Development Area (EDA) created in 1993. He said the contractor, Milestone purchased materials for the road widening project but because of the delays caused by NIPSCO, they haven’t been able to use them. They are storing those materials and want to request a payment from INDOT. Houin said to get the payment processed, a change order for $1 will be presented at their February meeting. INDOT will pay 50% of the material cost since the installation hasn’t happened.
In TIF #2, East Jefferson / Central Business EDA created in 2005, the bonds for the Water Street Townhomes project closed on January 12th. Due to a change in financing, there was an increase in the issuance cost of $5,500 which was paid for with Redevelopment funds at the closing.
The bids opened by the Board of Public Works and Safety for the Commerce Street project in TIF District #3 were reviewed and the bid was awarded. VS Engineering reviewed the bids and recommended awarding the bid to Reith Riley Construction who was the low bidder at $1,120,386.61. The next lowest bid was Milestone Contractors at $1,305,356.80 and E & B Paving was the highest bid at $1,715,815.87. President Miley said the Reith Riley bid was about $105,000 under the engineer’s estimate. The Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved the Reith Riley bid.
There was no update for TIF District #4, the South Gateway/ Western Downtown ECD established in 2016.
Commission member Nancy Felde asked if there was any word on TIF District #5, the Western Avenue EDC for Winona. City Attorney Jeff Houin said they haven’t paid their fall property taxes but they can still make that up this spring. The TIF is set up as a passthrough on the bonds so the only thing the Redevelopment Commission could be responsible for is the administrative fees due to Baker Tilly for reporting.
In TIF #6, Plymouth Goshen Trail, the Centennial Crossing Project is about ready to dedicate the streets to the city. He also said there is talk about expanding the residential project.
The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission also approved invoices and accepted communications.