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Decatur Commission considers allowing School Board pay raises, awarding two large contracts

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Decatur Commission considers allowing School Board pay raises, awarding two large contracts

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Decatur City Hall.

UPDATE: All of the items mentioned in this story were approved at the May 7 meeting. Here is our initial story …

The Decatur City Commission meets on Monday, May 7, and will consider awarding some large contracts and consider allowing the School Board to increase compensation for board members.

Commissioners will consider amending the city charter to allow the School Board to determine its own compensation for board members. Currently, the charter restricts compensation to $50 for each day of meeting attendance for each board member.

There is also a proposal on the agenda to award a nearly $500,000 contract for updates to the city’s storm water master plan.

The project budget will be $500,000 and the commission would award two contracts. A $470,000 contract would go to AECOM Technical Services and a $16,200 contract would go to PlaceMakers Marketing.

“The original [Storm Water Master Plan], adopted in 2004, addressed the city’s storm water needs by guiding activities of the city’s storm water utility, recommending development regulations and other strategies to remediate drainage and water quality issues,” a memo attached to the City Commission meeting agenda says. “Since 2004, the City has successfully implemented several of the highest priority tasks recommended in the 2004 plan, including improvements to primary infrastructure in the Peavine Creek drainage system, alleviating public safety hazards created by localized flooding at the Police Department and Fire Station No. 1. Due to completion of high priority tasks, substantial changes to community storm water needs, and opportunities to incorporate better environmental practices, an update to the [Storm Water Master Plan] is recommended.”


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The city considered proposals from six firms before making the recommendation to award the contract to AECOM. The project is expected to take about 12 months.

“After reviewing technical and fee proposals, public engagement strategies, and conducting interviews, our staff selection committee chose a team lead by AECOM, in partnership with Policy Works, LLC and Accura Engineering & Consulting Services, Inc., that was best suited to facilitate this public planning process,” the memo says. “PlaceMakers Marketing, which created and manages the city’s DecaturNext website, will provide communications services to assist and document public engagement performed during the [Storm Water Master Plan] Update.”

In other business, the commission will consider:

– Awarding a $407,000 contract to Dynamo Pool Management to maintain and staff the city’s pools.

Awarding a $164,500 contract to Wildcat Striping and Sealing for the Reimagine West Howard Avenue project.

“The Reimagine West Howard Avenue project construction limits will begin at the city limits to the west of the city and end at the intersection of Commerce Drive,” the project description says. “The project includes re-striping the corridor from a four lane section to a two lane section and will implement new mid-block crossings at Drexel Avenue and Greenwood Circle.”

The City Commission meeting will begin with a work session at 6:30 p.m. that will include a presentation on the master plan for the former United Methodist Children’s Home property. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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