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Bids in for piping closing West Porter Ave ditches

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The bids are in for the last project to be financed by the $800,000 stormwater bond issued in 2011: the piping and closing of the ditches on the north side of West Porter Ave. between 23rd and 18th streets.

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously to take the four bids under advisement.

The bids:

* $179,286, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland.

* $185,858, Woodruff & Sons of Michigan City.

* $191,126.36, Gough Inc. of Hobart.

* $267,900, Hasse Construction Company Inc. of Calumet City, Ill.

Some of the projects financed by the 2011 bond issue: the installation of two stormwater lift stations, one in the alley behind Val’s Famous Pizzas, the other in an alley off 11th Street and just north of West Porter Ave.; the clearing of the detention basin immediately west of 23rd Street and south of the Prairie Duneland Trail; replacement of a storm sewer on Taylor Street; repairs on the 23rd Street storm sewer.

Oak Trees and Pooling in the

2200 Block of Lincoln Ave.

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that he may know why stormwater has begun pooling at the foot of a driveway in the 2200 block of Lincoln Ave., where it didn’t used to only a few years before.

Aerial photographs of the property--owned by Virginia Kottaridis--show that there used to be “four giant oak trees” on the lot. Two of them came down sometime between 2007 and 2011, O’Dell said; the other two, in or before 2014.

“Oak trees can drink a lot” of stormwater, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala noted.

O’Dell plans on inspecting the site this spring to investigate the pooling more thoroughly. As he told the board at its January meeting, however, there’s no convenient stormwater infrastructure in that old neighborhood to which the runoff can be drained and Kottaridis’ best bet for a measure of relief may be to install a French drain with a layer of stone. Or to plant new trees.

Master Naturalist


Meanwhile, Gadzala reported that she’ll be teaching a three-hour course in water-based education during the Indiana Master Naturalist Program being hosted by the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy in the spring.

The course will cover the topics of watersheds, water quality, land use, and wetlands.

The Indiana Master Naturalist Program provides participants with hands-on opportunities to learn about the state’s natural resources, Gadzala said, and volunteerism in natural resource management is a course requirement.

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Fishing Derby 2016

The Chesterton and Porter MS4 programs, along with the Porter Park Department, are once again collaborating to host the Kids Fishing Derby this summer at Indian Springs Park.

Tentative date: June 22.

Tentative rain date: June 29.

Kids 6 to 12 are eligible to compete.

January in Review

In January the Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $3,256.

Bids are in for replacing aerial sewer main supports


The Chesterton Utility is a little closer to replacing the dilapidated support columns which lift and carry the Morningside subdivision’s sanitary sewer main over and across 300 feet of environmentally sensitive, officially designated wetland north of the Little Calumet River.

At its meeting Monday night, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously to take under advisement the four bids received for the project.

The bids:

* $197,500, Gariup Construction Company of Gary.

* $244,675.55, JCI Bridge Group Inc. of LaPorte.

* $245,527, Hasse Construction Company Inc. of Calumet City, Ill.

* $321,173, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland.

The existing supports will be replaced by 30 screw-in helical piers sunk to a depth of 30 feet at 15 locations along the length of the aerial line, which traverse the wetland at a height of eight to 10 feet. The piers will have no impact on the wetland itself and the work will be done on a temporary structure of “timber mats” placed on the ground.

January in Review

In January, Chesterton used 45.84 percent of its 3,668,000 gallons per day (gpd) allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 51.01 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 68.29 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 47.20 percent of its capacity.

There were no sewage bypasses into the Little Calumet River in January, which saw 0.84 inches of precipitation.

Last month the Utility ran a surplus of $273,886.27.


Posted 2/18/2016





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