Sweeper shop bids taken on March 6

    Bids will be taken on Tuesday, March 6, for the demolition of the former Dwayne's Sweeper Shop (and Holthouse Drug Co.) at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in Decatur.
    The announcement was made at this week's city council meeting by Mayor John Schultz.
    The demolition will follow the removal of asbestos from the building by Air Management Techniques of Muncie, which bid $2,100 for that job.
    The city recently purchased the building from Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton for $25,000.
    The mayor has said on several occasions that there are no immediate plans for the area once demolition is completed.
    Also at this week's meeting:
    • An additional $500 was added to the $49,200 the city will pay the Wightman-Petrie engineering firm to demolish the old city street department building west of the city police station. The additional payment is done to help the engineering firm fulfill the Davis-Bacon Act, a federal mandate having to do with the pay scale for the work.
    The contract with the Elkhart firm is good only if the city receives a grant it is seeking to pay for the demolition.
    • The city fire department was given a requested $2,270 to wrap insulated pipes at the fire station, some of the work to be done by the firefighters.
    • Longtime Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright was recognized ... on her birthday (no numbers given).