Utility will be contracting with Gaskill & Walton Construction Company for
the overhaul of several of the wastewater treatment plant’s clarifiers.
At its meeting
Tuesday night, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously--on the
recommendation of engineering consultant DLZ--to award the $844,300 contract
for the clarifier project to the Chicago Heights, Ill.-based Gaskill &
Gaskill & Walton
submitted the low base bid of $786,300. Bowen Engineering of Indianapolis
bid $849,750; Thieneman Construction of Merrillville, $868,000.
To the base bid of
$786,300, DLZ recommended adding two alternate bids--for plug valves
($12,000) and a 20-inch launder ($64,000)--bringing the total project price
$500,000 of that total will be financed with moneys remaining from the 2013
State Revolving Fund $10.7-million bond issued to underwrite the Utility’s
federally mandated long term control plan to reduce combined sewer overflows
into the Little Calumet River. The balance of the project’s cost will be
funded with cash on hand.
There are six
primary clarifiers and three secondary ones at the treatment plant--the
large circular basins located just north of the Utility’s offices on League
Lane--used to remove solids from wastewater by first agitating the water and
then squeegeeing them out. The clarifiers are around 30 years old and in
need of a rebuild, Superintendent Dave Ryan has told the Chesterton
Force Main Repair
on the Prairie Duneland Trail
In other business,
Ryan reported that he’s preparing an invoice to present to the telecom
company whose crew bored through an eight-inch force main running beneath
the Prairie Duneland Trail at 23rd Street on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The crew had been
boring fiber-optic conduit down 23rd Street, from the “Christmas tree” tower
on the Bethlehem Lutheran Church property, when the accident happened.
Although the Utility had provided a locate of the force main, the crew
neglected to dig a pothole to ascertain the pipe’s depth and instead bored
straight through it.
Ryan said on
Tuesday that a company rep did call him to apologize, at which time Ryan
informed the rep that the Utility will be sending the company an invoice for
the materials and man-hours spent repairing the breach.
The force main in
question serves Abercrombie Woods, Westwood Manor, Crocker, Golfview
Estates, and Porter Cove.
January in Review
Chesterton used 53.02 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 60.02 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 77.17
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 54.74 percent
of its capacity.
A total of 3.01
inches of precipitation was recorded at the plant last month. There were no
Also in January,
the Utility ran a surplus of $224,090.74.