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Grass, concrete pacts renewed by works board

– The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works on Wednesday unanimously approved renewing a city contract with Community Corrections to repair grass torn up by work on water lines.

Superintendent for Water Maintenance Kurt Roberts told board members the city has contracted with Community Corrections for five years. The $30,000 contract pays the agency to have its clients do grass and soil restoration after water-main work.

“It’s helped us catch up and reduce backlogs and saved money,” Roberts said.

The board also approved changes to a similar, though larger, contract with Fort Wayne Community Schools for its Anthis Career Center, which offers training and certification in various vocational fields.

Board members had recently approved a $95,000 contract with Anthis for concrete repairs, a program that members praised and encouraged staff members to expand. Staff members said they’ve always been pleased with the work the students do, and it saves the city money.

Wednesday, the board approved increasing the contract to $120,000.

“We’ve never had a complaint with their work or service level,” Roberts said.

Director of Public Works and board Chairman Bob Kennedy cheered the increase.

“It’s been a great success, and I’m glad to see it expanding,” Kennedy said.