The Porter County
Commissioners awarded contracts for the renovation of the Courthouse in
Downtown Valparaiso at their meeting Tuesday morning.
renovations on the Courthouse are part of the Commissioner’s $30 million
capital improvements plan. The Commissioners have hired the consulting
services of Skillman Corporation for the projects.
The work on Phase I
of the courthouse project was broken into two bid packages: one for
perimeter/exterior work and foundation work, and another for window
replacement. Dion Katsouros, a manager with Skillman, reported Tuesday that
the window replacement will start in either August or September due to the
large windows taking eight to 10 weeks for delivery. Work on the exterior is
expected to start in June. The only hitch is that Katsouros said the
foundation issues at the courthouse require more evaluation. Waterproofing
the foundation is a main concern, and Katsouros said that may not cost as
much as was originally thought.
Skillman had vetted the low bidders and is now working with Shive-Hattery,
whom the Commissioners retained to plan interior work on the courthouse, to
put together the next bid package. Gariup Construction will take on the
exterior work for $547,500 and J.W. Werntz and Sons, out of South Bend, will
take on the window replacement for $778,000.
business, the Commissioners also approved an agreement related to the old
jail building at 157 Franklin St., another capital improvement project.
According to County Attorney Scott McClure, the agreement transfers the
income and lease agreement for a telecom tower that is on top of the
building to the Commissioners upon closing of the sale.
In other business,
Stu Summers was re-appointed to the Porter County Public Library Board.
Commissioners announced that Rhonda Young is the new HR director for Porter
County. Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, said, “We think it’s going to be
a very good, natural fit to promote her from within. We look forward to some
stability and constancy in that office.”
* An agreement
between the Porter County Sheriff and Autoclear for annual maintenance on
the x-ray machine at the North County Courthouse for $5,400.
* A contract for
$1,987.50 between the Wildlife Management Advisory Board and Maja Design
Inc., for map revision and work on three interpretive panels at the Zona
Wildlife Sanctuary in Jackson Township.
* A resolution for
the Kankakee River Basin Commission endorsing its application for economic
development district status for Porter, LaPorte, and Lake counties.
* A payment to
American StructurePoint for work on the administration center plaza for
$27,942.77. The remaining balance is $54,630.15.
* On first reading,
an ordinance establishing a non-reverting fund for the receipt of charitable
donations to the Porter County E911 Center. The second reading will take
place at the next meeting.