The total cost
overrun on the East Porter Ave. box culvert project: $57,635.10, or 9.3
percent of the original contract price of $619,370.20.
The new price for
the project, as Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday
night’s meeting of the Redevelopment Commission: $677,005.30.
however--contrary to what commission members might have been led to believe
at their September meeting--was not chiefly the result of the delays
to the project caused by Frontier Communications’ failure to re-locate a
pair of utility lines in a timely fashion.
As Member Emerson
DeLaney noted, “I’ve talked to Mark (O’Dell) and the Town Attorney about the
costs associated with the Frontier delay. As it turns out, it wasn’t a whole
On the contrary,
the bulk of the overrun is connected with the unsuitable backfill found at
the site once the general contractor, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland,
began excavating. That soil, O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after
the meeting, was full of debris, garbage, old tree stumps, and such, forcing
Grimmer to bring in clean backfill.
Grimmer also was
forced to dig eight feet deeper than expected when soft peat was found below
the culvert, O’Dell said.
The total cost
associated with the backfill issue: $57,758.24, the single highest line item
in the change order approved by the commission on Monday.
That change ordered
included numerous other additions but multiple deducts as well, bringing the
final overrun to $57,635.10.
$250,000 of the total cost will be reimbursed through a Community Crossings
state infrastructure grant.
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that several projects which
he’d originally planned to pursue this year in the town’s tax increment
financing districts have been postponed to next year.
They include the
re-pave of 200E south of Sidewalk Road. Although that roadway sustained
damage by heavy trucks during the construction of the Urschel Laboratories
Inc. facility at Coffee Creek Center, Schnadenberg said that he’s elected to
give it a new surface of asphalt next year, due to the heavy residential
construction currently ongoing in the Morgan’s Corner neighborhood, at the
southwest corner of 200E and Sidewalk Road.
replacements planned along South Calumet Road were also postponed, largely
because the Street Department ran out of time this season, Schnadenberg
Department has, however, completed the placement of decorative sleeves
around street signs along Indian Boundary Road east of Ind. 49, he added. “A
lot of the main thoroughfares coming into town have the decorative sleeves
now,” Schnadenberg said. “And it really makes a big difference.”