This summer’s bond
purchase to extend the life of the Town of Porter’s tax increment finance
district (TIF) is being put to use by the Redevelopment Commission to move
forward with an extensive paving project.
The RDC adopted
resolutions in June for a $4 million bond that would provide about $2.5
million for road improvements within the TIF area or those that provide a
service to it.
Town Director of
Development Michael Berry presented a summary of the work to be done
starting with consultant SEH Inc. that will make evaluations of the roads,
come up with a development of plans, and configure plan specifications and
SEH will be paid
$46,750 for Task 1, as it is called. The firm did a study of the roads last
The RDC decided to
forgo evaluating parking lots for now but did approve other tasks in the
proposal including figuring construction, time and materials and assessing
22 curb ramps. Barry reported the portion of the plan for the ramps will be
Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that “now is the right time” to start
taking bids as prices are down this time of year. SEH Engineer Adam Higgins
said the town can save 10 to 20 percent doing this “now rather than later.”
He suggested letting the project out to bid in either February or March.
From the floor,
resident Jennifer Klug asked that the RDC take consideration of the fact
there will be new appointments next year with a new town council in January
and see to it that the project can move forward without delay.
The RDC voted
unanimously to move forward with Tasks 1, 3 and 4.
In other business,
the board approved a change order for Dunes-Kankakee Trail work for $20,420
which is being paid for fully with funds from the Northwest Indiana
Redevelopment Commission. The work entails of replacing a pipe in one of the
RDC member and Town
Council President Greg Stinson said the Council will be taking applications
through Dec. 28 for commission appointments, something any RDC member
wanting to be reappointed would want to remember.
“These are one-year
appointments so we want to know who is interested and who isn’t,” he said.