Last Wednesday’s weekly meeting of the county board of commissioners meeting was a window into ongoing and upcoming events around the area—from the Youth Services Bureau renovation to the Fullerton Road construction, to an upcoming film showing at the Buskirk-Chumley theater.
This roundup adds to previously published Beacon coverage from the July 17, 2019 meeting.
Youth Services Bureau
The county’s Youth Services Bureau, which provides services to at-risk youth, was highlighted in two different agenda items—one in connection with an in-progress $2.4 million renovation project, and the other related to staff certification.
According to the county’s website, the YSB renovation will mean more room for counseling, a walk-in freezer, more storage space for youth belongings, restroom improvements, carpeting, roof repairs, a multi-purpose room and better separation of space where youth play and study. YSB is located on Adams Street, south of 2nd Street and west of the IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
At Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners approved some change orders for the project. They included $4,785 to repave and re-stripe the outdoor basketball court, $7,910 to complete a walking path and $1,831 to remove some additional rock for installation of a storm drain.
In other YSB-related business, the board approved successive contracts with Expectations Management, Inc. and Andrea Cheek, so that the YSB staff have required supervision by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
As Phase 1 of the Fullerton Pike project nears completion, commissioners approved a $195,000 contract amendment with American Structurepoint, Inc for construction inspection services. At Wednesday’s meeting county’s highway director, Lisa Ridge, and commissioners shared some frustration about the delays the project has seen, which they blamed on slow responses from utility companies to contractor requests.
Phase 1 is now delayed a year past its planned construction completion date, according to meeting packet materials. According to the county’s infrastructure webpage, Phase 2 is supposed to be done by December this year, and bid letting for Phase 3 is supposed to start four years from now.
Health Building Renovation Study
Commissioners approved a correction to a contract they’d approved at a meeting in April for an architect’s feasibility study of some renovations to the Health Building. The buildings stands at 7th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington.
In April, they’d approved an amount not to exceed $5,000, when the contract with Michael Chamblee in fact specifies a range from 4,500 to $7,500.
In the April 17, 2019 meeting minutes, county attorney Jeff Cockerill described the study as involving space allocation and cost estimates. The building does not have structural issues, Cockerill said at the April meeting, but the study would identify structural components, like walls that can’t be moved as part of a renovation.
Showers Building Tuck Pointing
The county owns the north side of the Showers Building where Bloomington’s city hall is located. Commissioners on Wednesday approved $117,800 for a contract with STR Building Resources for the repair of all the exterior stone on the county-owned portion of the building.
In April they had already approved $3,000 for repair of just the north wall. The work covers 4,600 square feet of pintucking, 48 windows, 180 linear feet of fascia, and a re-seal of the north entry door, according to the meeting packet materials.
Showing of “Beautiful Boy” for September Opioid Summit
Commissioners on Wednesday approved a $2,125 agreement with Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a showing of the 2018 film starting Steve Carrell, “Beautiful Boy” on Sept. 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.
The film portrays a father-son relationship impacted by the son’s drug addiction. The showing is sponsored by the Monroe County Opioid Advisory Commission to tee up the Opioid Summit, which is being held the following day, on Sept. 24 at the Monroe County Convention Center.