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Sewer tie-in sought for 89-lot subdivision at 1050N and 50W

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For at least seven years Paul Shinn has been looking to develop an 89-lot subdivision at the southeast corner of C.R. 1050N and C.R. 50W in unincorporated Liberty Township.

Not long after Shinn approached the Chesterton Utility in 2008, however--seeking an out-of-town sanitary-sewer connection--the real estate market tanked and plans for the subdivision were mothballed.

Those plans have since been dusted off and at the Utility Service Board’s meeting Monday night, Shinn asked members to issue him a letter stating that the Utility has both the capacity and the willingness to service the subdivision. He needs that letter, Shinn said, in order to receive primary plat approval from the Porter County Plan Commission.

Each of the subdivision’s 89 single-family homes will be served by a privately owned low-pressure system designed to pump wastewater to the Chesterton High School lift station, Shinn told the Service Board.

Member Scot McCord wondered why Shinn was seeking a tie-in via the Rose Hill Estates lift station, a straight shot up C.R. 50W.

“It’s a half mile either way,” Shinn noted. “There’s no difference in distance.” And in any case the CHS lift station has a larger capacity than the Rose Hill Estates one, he added.

When asked what kind of time table he has in mind, Shinn said that he wants to start the installation of infrastructure this fall and begin work on the first house early next spring. Figure 15 to 20 homes a year and build-out in five to seven years. The lots themselves are approximately 9,200 square feet in size with the homes likely to priced in the neighborhood of $275,000 to $300,000. The trend in the market right now, Shinn remarked, is down-sized square footage but up-sized amenities.

Members were unwilling on Monday to issue him a letter without a more careful technical review. What they did do is vote unanimously to instruct Superintendent Dave Ryan and Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson to begin negotiating a sewer use agreement, which if completed in a timely fashion could be formally entered into at the Service Board’s next meeting, Sept. 21.

The Long Term Control Plan

In other business, Mark Nye of DLZ reported that work on the key element of the federally mandated long term control plan (LTCP) to reduce sewage bypasses--the 1.2-million gallon storage tank and affiliated headworks building--should be completed by Sept. 30, fully a year ahead of the original schedule.

Currently the general contractor, Gariup Construction Company of Gary, is leak-testing the tank, which is designed to hold stormwater-diluted wastewater during heavy rain events until the treatment plant has had a chance to catch up. An initial fill of the tank revealed a number of leaks--perfectly normal for this kind of project, Nye said. Those leaks were repaired and further testing is now underway.

On the other hand, Nye added, “we need to simulate a wet-weather event or actually have one in order to test the whole system together.”

Members did vote unanimously to approve a change order which adds $84,602 to the total contract price of $8,471,800, an increase of less than 1 percent: for fixing a leak in the expanded headworks building; putting a new roof on the generator building; and outfitting the blower room with heaters, to keep pipes which had previously been warned by the old blowers--but won’t be by the new quieter, cooler ones--from freezing in the winter.

President Larry Brandt credited DLZ and Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann for getting a project as complicated as the LTCP done well ahead of schedule. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a major job like this one done ahead of time,” he said.

“I’m just greatly impressed by the cooperation of so many people to get this job done,” Member Andy Michel added.

July in Review

In July, Chesterton used 49.27 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 46.02 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 61.94 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 48.89 percent of its capacity.

There were no sewage bypasses last month, during which 3.49 inches of rain were recorded at the plant.

Also in July, the Utility ran a surplus of $453,022 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $211,419.55.



Posted 8/18/2015




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