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Chesterton Utility board awards $868K contract for clarifier work

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The Chesterton 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 & Walton.

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 to $844,300.

Approximately $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 Tribune.

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

In January, 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 bypasses.

Also in January, the Utility ran a surplus of $224,090.74.



Posted 2/23/2017




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