slated to begin next week on an upgrade of the Triangle lift station, said
Porter director of development Mike Barry.
He told the townís
Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday that some of the work on the $246,733
project can begin, but contractor Woodruff & Sons will have to wait for a
thaw for additional work to take place.
The Triangle lift
station is located in the Dunes Forest area and serves the Waverly Road
The upgrade is part
of an agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management
entered into by a previous Town Council that committed to correct sewage
overflows into receiving waters.
original compliance deadline was extended due to the volume of work needed.
The agreed projects
are being funded with a $4 million revenue bond issue sold by the RDC and a
$1 million bond issue sold by the Town Council.
Porter last year
built a new Porter Avenue lift station and trunk line to the Chesterton
treatment plant, earlier re-lined the downtown sewage-collection system to
eliminate leaks, and made other upgrades mandated under the order.
Barry also won
approval Tuesday from RDC members for a sixth change-order related to the
Porter lift station built by Grimmer Construction for a base bid of
$1,361,093. The change-order adds $24,785 for mostly additional concrete
needed to install handicapped-accessible intersection ramps and alley aprons
in the construction area.
Barry, the lift station is about $1,000 under budget.
RDC member Joe
Simanski noted project completion was due September of 2013. Warren Thiede
of project engineer Haas & Associates said an extension will be sought.
RDC attorney Gregg
Sobkowski said the Field condemnation finally has been dismissed with
acquisition completed of a needed parcel at Howe Road for the Brickyard
Trailís hike/bike crossing over U.S. 20. When weather allows in the spring,
the entrances to the overhead bridge access points can be completed after
months of delay.
The RDC entered
into 2014 contracts by 5-0 votes with consultant SEH for engineering,
planning and economic development, and with Global Land Surveying and
Engineering for those services on an as-needed basis.
Elected for 2014
RDC officers were Jeannine Virtue as president, Erik Wagner as
vice-president, Joe Simanski as secretary and deputy Porter clerk-treasurer
Karen Spanier as financial/recording secretary. Rob Pomeroy was welcomed as
a new member of the RDC.
Pomeroy, Virtue and
RDC member Greg Stinson also serve on the Porter Town Council.