The bids are in for Phase II of the Chesterton Utility’s long term control
plan to reduce sewage bypasses into the Little Calumet River.
And they look pretty good, up to 13 percent less than Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell had originally estimated.
At its meeting Monday night, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously to
take them under advisement.
* Base bid of $8,127,800, total with five alternates of $8,471,800: Gariup
Construction Company of Gary.
* Base of $8,257,000, total of $8,619,000: Thieneman Construction of
* Base of $8,319,000, total of $8,619,800: Grand River Construction of
* Base of $8,360,000, total of $8,632,000: Williams Brothers Construction
Inc. of Peoria Heights, Ill.
O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that he had
estimated the cost of Phase II to be in the $9.3 million neighborhood.
Phase II is really at the heart of the long term control plan, mandated by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the Indiana
Department of Environmental Management: the construction of a 1.2-million
gallon tank in which to store stormwater-diluted wastewater during heavy
rain events until the treatment plant has had a chance to catch up.
The five alternate bids are for separate projects: vacuum truck containment,
asphalting and asphalt overlay at the wastewater treatment plant, CSO tank
drain piping, and replacement of the headworks roof.
Phase I of the long term control plan is now underway: Phase IA, upgrades at
the treatment plant, awarded to Thieneman for a contract price of
$1,649,000; Phase IB, sewer rehabilitation, awarded to Utility Services
Authority of Belleville, Mich., for a contract price of $377,828; and Phase
IC, lift station upgrades, also awarded to Thieneman for a contract price of
The Service Board is meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, to award the
Phase II contract.
The total estimated cost of the long term control plan: $14.9 million.