Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety Friday approved the police department using grant funding to purchase seven bulletproof vests.
In April the board approved WPD applying for funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding half of the cost of bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. In July the bureau approved the request and awarded Warsaw $3,656.07 to purchase seven bullet-proof vests. The city of Warsaw is required to match the amount awarded.
The board also approved WPD applying for grants to purchase a RescueOne Dive Boat, a two-tier trailer and Hummingbird 360 side scan sonar unit to detect drowning victims.
WPD will apply for $28,039 from K21 Foundation; $7,128 from Kosciusko County Community Foundation; and $1,400 from KREMC. If approved for the grants, the boat and equipment will be ordered in October.
The acquisition will accelerate WPD dive team’s response time by not requesting assistance from another agency, according to Scott Whitaker, WPD chief.
The dive team is currently using a Zodiac boat, however it is inadequate when a drowning occurs in a lake where a boat-based dive is required, Whitaker said.
WPD will be responsible for $5,000 of the purchase price and the 2014 Law Continuing Ed budget supports the cost.
The board also approved four WPD salaries including Greg Oberlin at $2,100.83 bi-weekly and Joe Hawn at $2,152.01 bi-weekly as school resource and DARE officers; Chuck Hodges at $2,169.07 bi-weekly, being promoted from corporal to third-shift sergeant; and Justin Curtis at $1,818.24 bi-weekly as an animal control officer.
The board approved Warsaw-Wayne Township Fire Territory accepting a $1,000  Kosciusko REMC Operation Round-Up grant that will be used for the annual Family Safety Day Sept. 13 at Central Park and Center Lake Pavilion.
The board also:
• Approved Warsaw Stormwater Utility applying for a $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to pay for a comprehensive watershed plan of the Walnut Creek Watershed. Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation and Grace College already have given their support.
The plan will help improve water quality and quality of life, said Theresa Sailor, stormwater coordinator.
• Approved a request from Warsaw Department of Public Works to replace a pickup truck and anti-icing truck equipment.
“This is a means to control and regulate salt and gives us a better approach to monitor how much salt is being distributed,” Joe Thallemer, Warsaw mayor, said.
Salt prices are expected to increase by 40 percent next year, he said.
• Approved Warsaw Stormwater Utility seeking bids for a new street sweeper. None of the three sweepers owned by the city currently are functioning at the level that they were intended when manufactured. A new street sweeper is expected to cost $190,000.
• Approved a contract between Warsaw and Penguin Point for the business to cater the city Christmas party.
• Approved a $49,400 contract with Wessler Engineering for the wastewater treatment plant capacity evaluation.
• Approved a $140,478.48 pay application to Dore & Associates for the Center Street wastewater plan demolition.
• Approved a $2,175 contract with Keystone Software Systems for an annual maintenance agreement for 2015.
• Approved a $3,090 annual maintenance agreement for the Keystone Software Systems for the clerk’s office.
• Approved a $288,573 contract with G&G Excavating & Hauling Inc. and the city for site work for the south fire station.
• Approved a $12-an-hour administrative assistant position that provides clerical support when needed to various departments in the city.
For this position in particular, this part- time person will provide support during the transition period when Thallemer’s current assistant, Michelle Bormet, retires.
• Approved a $63,370 contract with American Elevator Inc. for work on the city hall elevator.