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
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,
Both the scores and
the bids will be considered in determining which of the three firms to go
“It takes both of
them and combines them,” said County Attorney Scott McClure.
President John Evans, R-North, said that just because a firm received the
highest scoring, the Commissioners can still pick another.
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.
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.
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.
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
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