Hobart board OKs truck bids; tables YMCA sign

2013-12-02T18:20:00Z 2013-12-19T14:23:06Z Hobart board OKs truck bids; tables YMCA signDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART |The Board of Works will accept bids on Dec. 11 for a new pumper for the Hobart Fire Department.

The board is expected to award a contract at its Dec. 18 meeting.

The new heavy duty pumper will replace a Fire Department truck damaged last summer after it was hit by another vehicle in an accident, fire officials said.

Insurance paid for the loss and that money will be used to pay for the replacement.

The board also agreed to table discussion on a digital sign previously installed by the Hobart Family YMCA.

Residents attended a board meeting the past summer to seek help from the city regarding their complaints about the sign.

"The YMCA has agreed to talk to residents," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

City officials said the YMCA has worked diligently to remedy the situation. It has made changes to the sign, including removing an electronic animation, interim City Planner Carroll Lewis said.

Lewis said the sign's location, at the corner of Wisconsin Street and 40th Place, is not in violation of any city codes.

The sign, which was placed in a city easement, was approved by the board last year.

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