Utility has agreed to treat the wastewater of a proposed subdivision eyed
for development just outside of town limits.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously to enter into an
agreement with Red Fish Development LLC--whose principal is Paul
Shinn--under which it will provide sewer service to a 93-lot subdivision,
tentatively named The Preserve, at the southeast corner of C.R. 1050N and
C.R. 50W in unincorporated Liberty Township.
Shinn will be
responsible for constructing, at his own expense, a transport system and
four-inch force main running from a point on C.R. 50W north to C.R. 1050N
and then east to a manhole on Meridian Road--a total of 3,333 linear
feet--where Shinn’s transport system will connect to the Utility’s
Utility will take over (Shinn’s) principal lines,” his attorney, Greg
Babcock noted, then added that the agreement does provide Shinn with the
possibility of recapturing some of his investment” in the transport system
from subsequent connections. “It looks like the market is picking up,”
Babcock said. “Homes are being built and sold.”
As part of the
agreement, Shinn will not remonstrate against any future annexation of the
property. That waiver of the right to remonstrate runs with the property and
is binding on all subsequent owners.
approached the Utility in 2008 seeking sewer service for this subdivision
but the global economic meltdown later that year prompted him to mothball
previously projected a five- to seven-year buildout, with homes likely to be
priced in the neighborhood of $250,000 to $300,000.
Fox Chase Farms
In other business,
Superintendent Dave Ryan reported that the Fox Chase Farms project “is
moving forward well.”
The construction of
the main collection system inside the 88-lot subdivision is complete and
crews are now installing service laterals, Ryan said. The Utility,
meanwhile, has taken delivery of approximately half of the grinder pumps:
mini lift stations essentially, one per house, whose job will be to force
wastewater from each property into the subdivision’s collection system
Work is also
underway on the force main outside the subdivision, which will run north
along Meridian Road and then east along C.R. 900N before turning north
again, running beneath the CSX railroad line, and connecting to the lift
station serving the Ind. 49 corridor.
Ryan’s best guess
is that sometime late in January or early in February the town should
officially begin treating Fox Chase Farms’ wastewater.
Long Term Control
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the State Revolving Fund has agreed to an
extension of the Oct. 30 completion date for the storage tank project, the
key feature of the federally mandated long term control plan to reduce
combined sewage overflows into the Little Calumet River.
requested the extension for several reasons, O’Dell said. For one thing, the
grit pump has not yet been delivered and may not be for a couple of months.
For another, it was decided to install electric acuators on the influent
slide gates for two aeration tanks, a quote for which the general
contractor, Gariup Construction Company, is currently preparing.
gallon storage tank itself was drained on Friday and its influent flow rate
and pumps tested, O’Dell said. The system “performed very well and all pumps
worked as designed.”
The idea of the
tank is to temporarily hold the mixed stormwater/wastewater flow from
combined sewers during heavy rain events so as not to overwhelm the
treatment plant and force bypasses into the Little Calumet River.
Members agreed to
hold a special meeting on the 2016 budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the
wastewater treatment plant.
October in Review
Chesterton used 38.04 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 43.16 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 49.69
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 39.2 percent
of its capacity.
October was the
third driest month of the year, with only 1.4 inches of precipitation,
behind February (1.29 inches); and March (0.70 inches). There were no
combined sewage overflows last month.
Also in October,
the Utility ran a deficit of $189,895 and in the year-to-date is running a
surplus of $317,817.47.