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$80,000 for two seconds? Town says 'No, thank you'

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By KEVIN NEVERS

As long as the Town of Chesterton is upgrading the traffic signal at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road, wouldn’t it be a swell idea to re-program it to add two more seconds to light duration?

That’s what the CSX railroad folks thought.

But as Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Redevelopment Commission at its meeting Monday night, re-programming the signal would cost $80,000.

Only $80,000.

O’Dell said that he told CSX no.

Member Jim Ton expressed the view that CSX has a eye toward liability.

O’Dell concurred. “Mr. Ton is right,” he said. “It’s all about liability.”

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is reimbursing the town 80 percent of the construction and hard engineering costs of the signal upgrade, or $223,578, in an 80/20 split. The town’s share of the $279,473 project: $55,895. Should the actual cost after letting the contract exceed the total estimated cost, NIRPC will increase federal funding to 80 percent of the new total.

The town is also paying the full cost of preliminary engineering, or an additional $53,490.

The commission will use tax increment financing moneys to pay for the town’s share of the project.

Ind. 49 Utility Corridor

In other business, O’Dell reported that the lift station serving the Ind. 49 utility corridor has had its start up. “It went okay,” he said.

LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point, the project’s general contractor, still has a bit more work to do, however. “A lot of ticky-tack minor things,” is how O’Dell put it.

A final punch list is being prepared for LGS and the project should be completed by the commission’s next meeting, Dec. 16.

Claims

Members voted 3-0 to approve claims. Members Paul Tharp and Jeff Trout were not in attendance.

The claims: $6,375 from DLZ; $2,025 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann; $34,807.10 from LGS Plumbing Inc.; $3,356.39 from 1st American Management Company; $902 from Brandon Industries Inc.; and $234 from Ellis Electrical Inc.

 

 

Posted 11/27/2013