The Chesterton Stormwater Management Board has awarded the contract for the
Val’s Pizza lift station to Woodruff & Sons of Michigan City.
At a special meeting Monday night, members voted 3-0 to award the contract,
for a price of $205,888, with the understanding that Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell and Woodruff will take a sharp pencil to the specs in an effort to
shave the price by approximately 10 percent or $20,000.
“We’re trying to get it down to around $185,000,” O’Dell told the board.
“That’s my goal.”
Even at $185,000, though, the project will prove much more expensive than
the $125,000 to $140,000 which O’Dell had originally projected.
The idea behind the lift station is to pump stormwater from the alley behind
Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders, located at Broadway and 11th Street. In heavy
rains that alley—the lowest point in the Town of Chesterton—tends to flood.
The lift station will pump the runoff from the alley to a large stormwater
sewer line on Lincoln Ave., about 1,100 feet to the south.
The project will be funded with the proceeds of the $880,000 stormwater bond
issued late last year. To date, the Stormwater Utility has expended
$89,706.99 on projects as part of that bond issue. Those projects include
the cleaning of the Lincoln Ave. detention basin, located of 23rd Street by
the Prairie Duneland Trail; and two repairs of stormwater lines along 23rd
Street, one of them an emergency job.