The Porter County
Board of Commissioners is moving forward with its first capital improvement
project: the Porter County Government North County Complex in Portage.
At its meeting
Tuesday morning, the Board approved a contract with American Structurepoint
for design work on the improvements to the North County Complex at 3560
Willowcreek Road. They also announced an amendment to the proposed
design--an 11,500-square foot “out building” that the County will share with
Portage Township. The new building will house a community room, an
assessor’s office, and a health department office. It will also be the new
office for the Portage Township Trustee and a permanent location for the
Portage Food Bank.
President Jeff Good, R-Center, said the Board is ironing out a memorandum of
understanding with the Portage Township Trustee, who has said that Portage
Township will share mowing and plowing responsibilities for the property.
“We’re gonna have boots on the ground and the right people taking care of
these things without stretching our service groups to the nth degree,” Good
The board also
opened quotes for soil boring on the project. The contract was awarded to
Alt & Witzig Engineering for the low bid of $5,680.
In addition, the
Board approved a contract with KBIC for property and casualty insurance
consulting on the capital improvement projects; and an initial payment of
$93,812.50 to Gariup Construction for work on the front plaza of the County
Administration Center at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.