Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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September 27, 2013

TIF board recommends engineering firm for Veteran’s Way

GREENSBURG — The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Board met Wednesday evening at City Hall for their regular monthly meeting.

The main topic was recent developments in the Veteran’s Way project. The proposed project involves the building of a new road to connect old U.S. 421 to Freeland Road. The primary issue of discussion was approving an engineering firm to handle the first phase of the Veteran’s Way project. The selected engineering firm would be responsible for the design and planning of phase one of the project.

The process began with 17 engineering firms submitting their qualifications to the selection committee for review. The 17 firms were reduced to six through a rigorous scoring system that assigned values to certain aspects of the firms’ qualifications and experience. The top six firms were interviewed by the committee.

American Structure Point, of Indianapolis, received the highest score throughout the process and was the board’s recommendation for the proposed job. Approval was sought to allow City Engineer Gary Murray to begin negotiating the terms of the project with the firm.

Board member Rick Fayette questioned why the board was unable to negotiate with more than one firm, expressing his concern over the lack of information on the cost of the job. Board member Shannon McLeod explained that the price is not allowed to be a qualifying factor of the selection process when choosing an engineer for the TIF project. Instead, the scores for each firm were based on qualifications and experience. However, there is a database of projects with similar elements to which the Veteran’s Way project can be compared. American Structure Point scored the highest due to their extensive experience with commercial development and associated projects.

The motion to allow Gary Murray to negotiate the terms of the project was approved by the TIF board. If no agreement on the terms can be reached, the board will move on to negotiations with the next-highest-scoring firm on the list.

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