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Bids are in for the repave of S. 11th St.

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The bids are in for the re-pave of South 11th Street between Park Ave. and 1100N, one of the six projects being funded this year by a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to take the two bids under advisement:

* $279,542.25, Rieth-Riley Construction Company.

* $290,000, Walsh & Kelly Inc.

The council has already awarded contracts for four of the other projects, three of them going to Walsh & Kelly: 100E from 1100N to 1050N ($83,218.40); West Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street ($107,755.75); and 15th Street from Woodlawn Ave. to Washington Ave. ($115,813.60). The fourth went to Rieth-Riley: South Eighth Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway ($79,847.60).

At their March 25 meeting, members will open bids for the sixth and final Community Crossings project: the replacement of curbs along East Morgan Ave. from Coffee Creek Park to Roosevelt Street.

Last summer the council issued a $1.8-million general obligation bond to finance a raft of road and sidewalk projects over the next two years, and will be able to use the Community Crossings grant to get significantly more bang out of its buck.

West Morgan Ave. Sewer Re-lining

In other business, Utility Superintendent Dave Ryan reported hopefully that the slow-going re-lining of a sewer main running beneath West Morgan Ave. between Eighth and 13th streets will at last be completed on Wednesday.

“No guarantee but I hope,” Ryan said.

The project--which has proved something of an inconvenience for residents--has been impacted by weather, among other things.

The project’s contractor: Insituform USA LLC.

Westchester Township Fire Protection Contract

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve this year’s fire protection contract with the Westchester Township Board.

The amount: $37,264, a slightly higher amount than last year’s.

Westchester Township pays both the Chesterton and the Porter FDs for fire protection, each department having its own designated service area in the unincorporated township.

The CFD responded to around 100 calls in Westchester Township in 2018, a “small increase” over 2017, Fire Chief John Jarka told members. The PFD also responded to more calls last year, and both FDs are paid based on the number of calls in the previous year.

Public Hearing on CCD

Members also voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its next meeting, March 11, on the annual renewal of the dedicated property-tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development fund, used exclusively for the acquisition of emergency vehicles.

The current rate: $0.04 per $100 of assessed valuation, the maximum under Indiana Code.

State law requires that the CCD rate be re-upped on an annual basis.





Posted 2/26/2019




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