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Gary approves contracts for more brownfields job training

Updated: September 12, 2012 3:22PM



GARY — The city’s 10-year-old brownfield and green jobs training program got a boost Wednesday, when the Board of Public Works and Safety signed five contracts for the program.

The board also approved a sizable increase in a contract to rehab a house following a request from the Community Development Department.

Mary Mulligan, the city’s brownfield specialist, said the contracts are for the third, 12-week training program for 25 more Gary residents. Brownfields are vacant or underutilized properties that are perceived to be contaminated.

The federally funded program trains residents to remediate such properties and prepare them for environmentally friendly jobs, Mulligan said.

“We’re also training people to be marketable for more than brownfield remediation jobs, so they’ll have skills they can take into other green jobs or transportation or construction,” she said.

The contracts awarded Wednesday were: $2,500 to train program participants in conducting energy audits awarded to Blacks In Green, or BIG, a Chicago-based firm that promotes environmentally friendly economic development plans; $2,400 to Construction Advancement Foundation for the third training session on OSHA requirements and activities; $800 to Images of Hope for drug testing program participants; and $5,175 to Eclipse Charters and Tours to provide bus transportation for participants.

Cardno J.F. New will get $3,400 for landscaping training sessions, and Bruce Carr and Associates, or BCA, will get the largest contract, or $33,480, to conduct the brownfield remediation training and other instruction for students to learn how to comply with other federal requirements.

Finally, the Indiana Minority Enterprise Center, located in the City Hall Annex, 839 Broadway, landed a $15,000 contract to conduct case management and job retention training services. After participants complete the program, they will get access to computers, job search help and child care, according to the contract.

A+Rehab was another winner in the board’s awarding of professional services contracts. The firm beat out seven other contractors to rehab a house at 2011 W. 7th Ave. for $4,860. The board on Wednesday awarded another $2,695 to the construction company for “additional work” per Community Development Director Arlene Colvin’s request.

That took the total for the work to $7,555, which still was less than the original bids for most of the other contractors.



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