Official: Progress made on cleanup at Hobart farm

2013-07-07T19:30:00Z 2013-12-09T14:09:14Z Official: Progress made on cleanup at Hobart farmDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The city's code enforcement officer is pleased with the mandated cleanup work being done at farmer Robert Berndt's property.

Sgt. Ken Gagliardi has been making regular visits to the house in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard.

"His son-in-law is doing a wonderful job," Gagliardi said.

The Board of Public Works ordered cleanup of Berndt's debris-littered house and farm in September. Both were judged to be unsafe.

Drywall has been installed, walls painted and floors sanded.

"You'd never guess this much progress would have been made," Gagliardi said.

The furnace and well still must be updated, he said.

That work depends on available finances. An estimated $2,900 is needed to make repairs to the well, which hasn't been used in several years, Berndt said.

The board earlier this year gave Berndt a July 17 deadline to clean up his house.

That date can be extended if warranted, board member Richard Lain said.

In other business, the board approved an agreement with REM Management Services to develop a standardized policy manual for the Police Department.

Police Chief Rick Zormier said the current policy manual is 20 years old.

"Every administration has wanted to do a revision," Zormier said.

Under terms of the agreement with REM Management Services, the policy manual will be completed within four months.

The board stipulated that the cost to complete the work cannot exceed $19,000. The cost for training using the new manual cannot exceed $1,500.

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