The boxcar restroom
and caboose comfort station could be on site at Thomas Centennial Park on
Saturday, June 30.
That, at any rate,
is the target date, Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the
Park Board at its meeting Tuesday night.
To that end, the
board voted unanimously to enter into a contract with trucking firm
Schlatter’s Inc., at a cost not to exceed $10,000, to transport the two
train cars from Michigan City--where Preferred Contractor Services Co. is
currently re-finishing them--to Thomas Park. Schlatter’s previously
transported the boxcar to Michigan City from Orville, Ohio, where it
was purchased from the Orville Railroad Heritage Society.
prime mover in the boxcar restroom project, did note that it’s undecided at
this point whether a crane will be used to place the two cars on tracks.
Joe’s Towing Inc. does have a 60-ton crane which could do the job, he said,
but there needs to be a face-to-face first between the two firms.
In related news,
Riley told the board that on Friday, June 1, R.V. Sutton Inc. undertook and
completed the installation of the sanitary sewer line which will service the
boxcar restroom facility. “Mr. Sutton did not get out of that machine for 12
hours,” he said. “And he had it all flat for the European Market the next
day. We owe Rudy Sutton a big thanks.”
Sutton donated the
excavation work as an in-kind service, with a value of around $7,500.
On the subject of
donations, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that yet another
contribution has been received for the project, this one in the amount of
$3,000 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, whose livery--classic red with
a”NS” in white italic lettering next to the silhouette of a horse’s
head--will be painted on the caboose comfort station. With the Norfolk
Southern’s donation, she added, more than $78,000 has been raised from the
community, to be used for landscaping the facility.
between now and June 30, two more things need to be done, O’Dell said.
Around 107 feet of rail need to be acquired and placed on site; and the Park
Department needs to install a water line to service the facility. The latter
will be done in-house, O’Dell noted, with the Park Department’s trencher.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to purchase from Musco Sport Lighting a set of
eight lights, plus poles and fixtures, to serve three soccer fields at
Dogwood Park, for the amount of $307,900.
Because both the
Park Department and Musco are members of the National Joint Purchasing
Agreement, there was no need to go out for bid on the lights, as the
purchase price was already significantly reduced.
Musco will pour the
concrete bases, erect the poles, and install the lights themselves. But a
separate contractor will be needed to do the electrical work to juice them,
and as part of their motion members agreed to go out to bid for that
The three soccer
fields immediately north of the softball diamonds will be served by the new
lights, with the center field--No. 3--getting four, and the fields on either
side of No. 3--No. 7 and No. 4--getting two each, O’Dell said.
Member Candy Tucker
took a moment at the end of the meeting to suggest, strongly, that given the
sheer volume of projects currently underway in the town’s parks, another
pair of hands is needed at the Park Department.
“I believe it’s
time to hire another full-time laborer,” Tucker suggested to her colleagues.
“And it’s in the budget.”
agreed and the board voted unanimously to direct Superintendent Bruce
Mathias and Administrator Hilary-Thomas Peterson to advertise the position.