The bids are in
for the Val’s stormwater lift station.
At a special
meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Stormwater Management Board voted 3-0
to take those bids under advisement.
Woodruff & Sons Inc. of Michigan City.
Haase Construction Company Inc. of Calumet City, Ill.
bid is roughly 47 percent more than the $140,000 bid only three years ago
for the same project. The board rejected that earlier bid because it was too
bid would also account for nearly a quarter of the proceeds of the $880,000
stormwater bond issued late last year. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell had
originally estimated the cost of this project at between $125,00 and
It’s unclear at
this point why the same project would cost so much more now than it would
have in September 2009. Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the
Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that he and O’Dell will be going
through the bids to identify the inflationary items.
The whole idea
behind the lift station is to pump stormwater from the alley behind Val’s
Famous Pizza & Grinders, located at Broadway and 11th Street. In heavy rains
that alley—the lowest point in the Town of Chesterton—tends to flood. The
lift station, powered by a 15-horse power pump, would flow the runoff from
the alley to a large stormwater sewer line on Lincoln Ave., about 1,100 feet
to the south.
bond was issued specifically to address a number of stormwater problems
throughout the town, in addition to the alley behind Val’s. Among the
projects which the board hopes to finance through the bond: drainage work in
the Western Acres subdivision, along 11th Street near Chesterton High
School, on Gladys Lane in the Westchester South subdivision, and on the Pope
O’Connor Ditch in the area of 1100N; the installation of best management
practices at the Crocker compost site; work on ditches and culverts in the
Morningside subdivision; closing and piping the open ditch on the north side
of West Porter Ave. between 19th and 23rd streets; and the replacement of a
stormwater sewer on Taylor Street.