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Porter County moves ahead to build animal shelter at Expo Center

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

The Porter County Commissioners are inching closer and closer to having their plans in hand for the new County Animal Shelter as they opened bids and heard scores given to proposals at their meeting Tuesday.

Using the new design-build process created by state statute about three years ago, the County will be able to work with the firm it eventually chooses to get the plans finalized to what they want, said Commissioner Jeff Good, R-Center.

The bids opened were $2,753,082 by Larson-Danielson Construction, $2,989,762 by Gariup Construction and M2Ke, and $3,095,883 by Core, Epoch, Millies and Abonmarche.

Good, who is the elected official on the three-member technical review committee for the design-build of the Shelter, said the estimates came in near what he expected.

The Commissioners have said they aim the cost of the Shelter to be $2 million or under, which is still possible, according to Good. The bids received are basically the estimated maximum costs.

Once the bid is awarded, presumably at the Commissioner’s next meeting on May 17, the technical review committee can negotiate changes to fit what the County can afford. “It takes a lot of fat off of the proposal,” Good said.

The two other members of the committee are builder Jim Dyer of Bergland Construction and engineer Kurt Schmiegel of DLZ Indiana.

As part of the process, the committee gave scores to proposals before seeing what the bids were. Stephen Kromkowski of DLZ Indiana announced that the scores were 307 for Gariup, 440 for Larson-Danielson and 460.33 for Core.

The scores were based on how well the plans “fulfill the program” envisioned by the County, Good said.

Both the scores and the bids will be considered in determining which of the three firms to go with.

“It takes both of them and combines them,” said County Attorney Scott McClure.

Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, said that just because a firm received the highest scoring, the Commissioners can still pick another.

Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, informed the Chesterton Tribune that on Monday demolition of the two-story home and outbuildings took place at the new shelter site, located on a five-acre parcel northwest of the Expo Center and Fairgrounds on Ind. 49 near Division Rd.

As of now, no funds have been committed to the Shelter’s construction. The Commissioners and County Council have set aside $10 million of the sale proceeds from the County-owned Porter Memorial Hospital for capital projects.

Road money

The Commissioners, in other business, are dedicating the funds the County received from the state’s recent distribution of county income tax revenues for road infrastructure projects or purchase of highway equipment.

The Auditor’s Office announced last month that the County is receiving $1.775 million in Local Option Income Tax funds from Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 67.

The County will be participating in the state’s PASER road program where the state will provide a 50/50 match to local funds for roads.

Painting the fairgrounds

Also, the Commissioners approved the purchase of a new fire alarm at the Expo Center for $1,167, followed by approval of a $10,940 bid by MMWBL, Inc. for painting projects which will be shared equally by the Porter County Fair Board.

Expo Director Lori Daly said the fences along Division Rd. and Ind. 49 will be some of the structures receiving a new coat, as well as five of the barns and the 4-H Exhibit Hall.

 

Posted 5/11/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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