NORTH MANCHESTER – North Manchester Town Council  heard about the bid process for downtown restoration Wednesday.
Kris Floyd with Christine Matheu, Architect, of Bloomington, explained the invitation for facade bids for the Downtown Restoration Project. This project includes 15 buildings.
Floyd said a construction funding grant was received from the state and currently they are busy wrapping up necessary documents to start the bidding process today. On March 19, there will be a walkthrough for general contractors and on April 2, Floyd will be back to make a formal recommendation, with construction to begin shortly after. Floyd said the project is a single bid and it has been “built with flexibility.”
Town Marshal Jeffrey L. Perry then received permission to begin the hiring process for a patrolman. He said applications will be accepted through the end of March.
Park Board member Brady Burgess discussed the new member joining the Parks and Recreation team. Jennifer Hotchkiss, Huntington, will begin Monday as the new director.
“We are very excited to have a new director,” Burgess said. “We feel real hopeful we can utilize our parks a lot more than we currently are.”
Burgess also discussed the partnership with Wabash County YMCA Chief Executive Officer Clint Kugler. Burgess said they are working to create a task force and have representatives serve on a committee together.
“We could learn so much from (each other), lean on them for advice and guidance going forward,” Burgess said.
Burgess said they could share information regarding aquatics and really help each other. Council member Christopher Garber said he is hopeful even if nothing comes from the partnership.
“If nothing comes out of it, at least we’ll know each other in the end,” Garber said.
The meeting adjourned after members watched the Youtube video “Are we crazy about our kids.” Council member James Smith introduced the video, which gave the message that early childhood education is an economic development issue.
“I thought (this video) was something that would be good for us to see, particularly as we’re heading into a strategic planning process,” Smith said.