As soon as materials arrive, work will pick up the pace on construction of
the Waverly Road detention basin. Once begun, the project should be
completed in three weeks.
Meeting Tuesday, the Porter Stormwater Management Board approved partial
payment of $28,866 to contractor R.V. Sutton for materials. The contract
price is $64,272. The work includes installation of three underground tanks
in a gravel bed in a purchased easement north of Woodlawn Avenue.
The project will relieve temporary flooding following heavy rain on the west
side of Waverly south of the Amtrak railroad, and will provide drainage for
the planned Orchard Pedestrian Way hike/bike trail.
At Tuesday’s meeting the three-person board voted 2-0 with member Daniel
Colbert absent to award R.V. Sutton, the only proposal submitted, a new
$26,475 contract to replace two culverts and add a stormwater inlet at the
far east end of Franklin Street north of the Waverly detention project.
Project manager Warren Thiede of town engineer Haas & Associates said their
estimate for the Franklin work was about $20,000 but because a lot of hand
digging is involved due to numerous utilities converging in that area, the
negotiated price is fair.
After the meeting Thiede said partially completed is a major drainage
project at Ackerman Drive in nearby Hawthorne Park; an undersized culvert
was replaced and enlarged, but it awaits installation of a flapgate that
will prevent the Little Calumet River from reversing its flow and backing up
into the park as previously has occurred.
The Orchard Pedway will wind through Hawthorne in that area.
A contractor also was tapped Tuesday to make culvert repairs and add a catch
basin on Dune Meadows Drive. Kroczek Lawn and Landscaping of LaPorte will do
the job for $6,995. R.V. Sutton proposed $11,800. Board members questioned
the price differential; Thiede and Porter Public Works superintendent Brenda
Brueckheimer both vouched for Kroczek’s excavator saying he is very
In February, a treasurer’s report showed the Stormwater Board had a balance
of $263,367 at that time.
On another matter, Brueckheimer thanked Porter director of
development/building commissioner Mike Barry for helping her department
during recent rain events. “He’s been a huge help to Public Works.”
She also relayed staff concerns about a 1995 Porter ordinance that outlines
a way for town employees to replace culverts if residents want, but the
citizen has to reimburse the town for materials within 30 days of
installation. She said the average 30 feet of 12-inch culvert costs about
Brueckheimer said Chesterton has a similar program but its ordinance is more
detailed. Stinson agreed to consult with the Porter town attorney.
Brueckheimer congratulated local students from Duneland, St. Patrick and
Discovery schools whose decorated rain barrels were displayed at the recent
Earth Day celebration and education day at the Porter County Expo Center. “I
was very impressed with the event.”
The Public Works director also reminded town residents that bagged grass
clippings weighing no more than 50 pounds each will be taken by Able
disposal on its regular pick-up schedule. Grass can’t be composted at public
sites because of lawn chemicals contained in some clippings. Town employees
won’t do pick-up, but grass can be brought to the Public Works garage on
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