The Porter County
Stormwater Management Board announced at its meeting last week that it will
be soliciting quotes for 2018 ditch maintenance and invasive species
The board will open
those sealed quotes for ditch spraying and vegetation management at its next
meeting. The spraying is part of the 2018 Ditch Inspection and Maintenance
Program and will control invasive species.
In addition, the
board earmarked $16,107.50 for pond management and invasive species
management at ponds in various subdivisions; approved the installation of
fiber optic cable conduits under regulated drains in Pope-O’Connor Ditch in
Chesterton and Swanson-Lamporte Ditch in Liberty Township; and authorized
the removal of three culverts from Cobb Ditch in Hebron.
Mike Novotney said that other future projects will include reconstructing a
drain in Phillips Ditch east of C.R.. 350W in Kouts, mowing and tree removal
at Dog Lake Ditch from C.R. 800S to CR 900S, and mowing and tree removal at
Morrow Ditch at U.S. Highway 231 and C.R. 100S.
M & K Excavating
was awarded two contracts. One, in the amount of $9,800, was for maintenance
on Cornell Ditch in Hebron from C.R. 400W to C.R. 500W; the other, in the
amount of $5,650, for maintenance on Sandy Hook Ditch in Kouts from C.R.
900S to C.R. 950S.
first phase of the stormwater management system rehabilitation in Old South
Haven is underway, as the Board approved five professional services
contracts for it. Wessler Engineering will handle three pipe-lining
projects, DLZ will handle pipe-lining and storm sewers at Governor Road,
LaHonda Drive, Heritage Road, and Pittsburgh Ave. CBBEL will handle
diversion on Squirrel Creek and detention basin expansion on Midway Drive;
Ciorba Group will take point on the Squirrel Creek improvements project; and
American StructurePoint will take point on the south central storm sewer
recommendation, the five contractors will each be responsible for the
planning and design phases of different aspects of the project. County
Surveyor Kevin Breitzke said hiring five firms to work on one project is a
change from the past, but a positive one because “Chances are the projects
will be completed on a more timely basis.”
“We have five very
good consultants rather than one very good consultant,” Breitzke added.