The Herald Bulletin

January 14, 2014

City to receive Crawford Field as a donation

Board of Works approves Edgewood Plaza contract

By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON – After a three-year delay, the city of Anderson is receiving two properties from the Racer Trust that will continue to be used as parks.

The Anderson Board of Public Works on Tuesday approved the donation of Crawford Field and Belmont Park from Racer Trust, which is overseeing the sale of the former Guide Corp. properties in Anderson.

Crawford Field, at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 25th Street, has been used as a baseball diamond for about four decades and maintained by volunteers.

Board member Roger Clark said the Anderson Parks and Recreation Department will be responsible for maintaining Crawford Field and Belmont Park, which is in the neighborhood west of the former Guide plants.

In 2011, the city was to have received Crawford Field as compensation for the sale of a portion of Shadyside Park for Prairie Farm’s dairy for its expansion. The sale of the Shadyside Park property was opposed by several residents and required approval from the state.

City Attorney Ashley Hopper said approval by the Board of Public Works brings finalizing the donation a step closer.

In other business, the Board of Works approved a $65,100 contract with the engineering firm of Butler, Fairman & Seufert for preliminary design work for improvements to Nichol Avenue, west of Raible Avenue.

City Engineer Mike Spyers said the gateway project preliminary engineering is being paid for by the Anderson Redevelopment Commission.

Spyers said an additional $36,000 will be needed for landscaping improvements along Nichol Avenue. He said the funds will come from either the Board of Public Works or the Anderson Redevelopment Commission.

The estimated cost of the project is $200,000 with the state providing 80 percent of the funding.

A part of the project on the Edgewood Plaza property, which is owned by the Redevelopment Commission, is to remove the asphalt and replace it with wild flowers. The area will include walking paths and locally created artwork until the area is developed for retail or commercial businesses.

Board members approved a change in classification for the metering system supervisor for Anderson Municipal Light & Power.

Wayne Huffman, director of the Human Resources Department, said the change of classification was recommended by two studies.

Huffman said the current supervisor is retiring and the city will be recruiting for the position.

The former salary range was $50,675 to $67,652 and the new classification salary range is $63,096 to $84,321.

Huffman said the average salary for the position in other Indiana cities is approximately $70,000.

“A change of salary was needed,” he said. “It has to be at a competitive level.”

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