The Chesterton Park
Board has awarded the contract for the retrofit of the boxcar restroom in
Thomas Centennial Park.
At their meeting
Tuesday night, members voted unanimously to award the contract to
Larson-Danielson Construction of LaPorte, which submitted a base quote of
$255,916 for the retrofit itself and an alternative quote of $424 for an
Nicksic of James F. Giannini & Associates, who designed the retrofit of the
boxcar, originally estimated the cost of the buildout at $105,000, well
below the $150,000 threshold at which a public works project in Indiana must
actually be formally bid out. The Park Board accordingly sought quotes on
The funds for the
project are coming from the $2-million bond issued late in 2015 for a
variety of park projects.
Dickinson did note that the quotes for the retrofit came in high. “It’s a
little more than I expected,” he said. “But you’re going to run into that.”
By unanimous votes,
the board also awarded two other contracts--pending legal review--related to
* One, in the
amount of $29,750, to Mike Steward, d.b.a. Preferred Contractor Services
Company of Michigan City, for sandblasting and seal-coating the boxcar’s
exterior as well as for steam-cleaning and de-greasing its interior.
* A second, in the
amount of $16,985, also to Steward, for gutting and painting the interior of
the caboose--which will be used as a warming/cooling station and community
space--as well as cutting 13 windows in it. Steward will be donating the
electrical refurbishment of the caboose.
In January the
board purchased the 10’ x 50’ boxcar from the Orville Railroad Heritage
Society of Orville, Ohio, for $9,000 and also authorized an expenditure of
$14,000 to Schlatter Inc. for the overland transportation of the boxcar to
Steward’s shop in Michigan City.
In January as well
the board purchased the caboose from Steward for $15,000 and authorized an
expenditure to Steward of up to $16,500 to refurbish the caboose’s exterior.
Riley, the owner of Riley’s Railhouse at 123 N. Fourth St. in Chesterton and
the prime mover of the boxcar project, reported at Tuesday’s meeting that he
is currently conferring with Schlatter Inc. and Joe Wagner, owner of Joe’s
Towing Inc., about the on-site placement of the boxcar and caboose in Thomas
Wagner, he said,
may be able to provide a 60-ton crane capable of maneuvering each train car
onto the 110- to 120-foot section of track immediately north and east of the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s offices. He noted that the rough work
involved in the retrofitting of each car will be done at Steward’s shop, but
the finish work on site in Thomas Park.
The installation of
utilities to the boxcar restroom--which R.V. Sutton Inc. of Liberty Township
has agreed to donate--will not involve any disturbance to the Chamber’s
offices or parking lot, Riley added. The water line serving the restroom
facility will be trenched on the back side of Thomas Park just south of the