Porter County has a
new engineer on its stormwater team, County Engineer Mike Novotney announced
at the Stormwater Management Board’s meeting Tuesday morning.
The county extended
an offer of employment to Valparaiso University engineering alumna Chelsea
Bradford. Novotney says Bradford has a year and a half of solid experience,
in which she completed an internship in Warsaw and gained experience with
accepted the offer.
n other business,
Valparaiso City Stormwater Engineer Adam McAlpine has entered a professional
services agreement with the county to work part-time to solve drainage
issues in various subdivisions.
stipulates that McAlpine will work between eight and 12 hours a week, and
will not exceed 16 hours a week through Dec. 31, 2018. He will be paid an
Novotney said he
will work closely with McAlpine, communicating each week to ensure progress.
Commissioner Jeff Good, R-Center, praised what he has seen of McAlpine’s
work. “In my experience he has a track record of doing this and doing it
right the right way,” Good said.
Park Place Wheeler
reported, the county and Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) share
financial responsibility for a water main on Park Place in Wheeler.
relocation of the water main on Park Place has been delayed due to unclear
ownership, Stormwater Attorney David Hollenbeck reviewed a transfer
agreement between Indiana American Water and Union Township which states
that both parties agree to make a good-faith effort to share the cost of
maintaining the water main.
Now that financial
responsibility has been determined, Hollenbeck is waiting on word from IAWC
about construction, and Novotney is thinking about the best solutions for
the relocation effort. The site is complex and an open cut removal,
suggested by IAWC, may not be the best option, Novotney said.
The delay in work
will not impact the price, as the low bidder for the project has agreed to
extend its price through January. Commissioner Good reminded those in
attendance that the board has been ready to move on this issue. He
emphasized that nobody is being forgotten, but factors outside of the
county’s control have impeded the process.