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Notice is hereby given that the Porter County Board of Commissioners has determined that consultant services are required for engineering design and plan preparation for the reconstruction of the Calumet Trail.

Calumet Trail

The Calumet Trail is an existing limestone trail that is 9.1 miles in length. The trail is located within the boundaries of the Dunes National Lakeshore and runs parallel with U.S. Hwy 12 and the NICTD South Shore Railroad. The western terminus of the trail is Mineral Springs Road and the eastern terminus is the La Porte - Porter County Line.

The reconstruction of the Calumet Trail will start at Mineral Springs Road and head east. The project will be done in phases and phase one will end at Kemil Road for the engineering design. The design will be for an asphalt trail where the existing limestone trail currently runs. The plan preparation shall meet AASHTO design guidelines for the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Porter County has been awarded two Transportation Enhancement Grants (TE) for the construction of the Calumet Trail; and plan preparation must be accepted by INDOT.

Qualification Submittal

Qualifications shall contain as a minimum the following and shall not exceed twenty (20) pages:

1. Contact information. Name, address, and phone number of the consulting firm. Web address also if available;

2. Form of organization. Whether firm is a partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship, where it is organized, and names of principals, officers, and directors of the firm;

3. Key personnel. Names of key personnel, their respective titles, experience, and periods of service with the firm, this shall include staffing for the proposed service;

4. Statement of qualifications. A narrative or other statement by the firm of its qualifications for the proposed services;

5. Availability. A brief statement of the availability of key personnel of the firm to undertake the proposed service;

6. Project list. List of similar services provided by the firm;

Information regarding costs of services is not being requested at this time, the Board of Commissioners may request such information if firm is chosen for an interview. The Board of County Commissioners may elect to interview said firms or may select to enter contract negotiations with a firm based on qualifications submitted.

Qualifications for services will be accepted at the Porter County Auditorís Office until 12:00 p.m. CST June 21, 2011. Please submit four (4) copies of the qualifications to; Porter County Auditorís Office; Porter County Administration Building; 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 204; Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Questions concerning the proposed projects should be directed to Robert Thompson; Porter County Planner; 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 311; Valparaiso, IN 46383; phone, 219-465-3674; e-mail,

(June 10, 2011)