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Indiana 49 corridor contractor digs up tons of farm debris

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When you stick a shovel in the ground, you never know what you’re gonna find.

LGS Plumbing Inc., the general contractor for the Ind. 49 utility corridor project, has found 250 cubic yards of “farm trash.”

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday’s special meeting of the Redevelopment Commission.

LGS will need to remove the debris before proceeding with the work—which in any event has stopped until the weather clears and the site dries up some—and that removal will cost the town. It’s unclear at this point how much, O’Dell said, but probably somewhere in the range of $18,000 to $30,000.

A change order, in other words, is necessary, O’Dell told members. Two were possible: removal by the ton or—more open-ended—removal by the hour. O’Dell recommended the per-ton option, at a cost of $87.38 per, and members voted 5-0 to authorize the change order.

“We’re in good shape for the change order,” Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann said. “We really don’t like change orders. But this was not anticipated and it’s been the only one.”

Member Paul Tharp wanted to know whether removal of the debris would be likely to delay the project. O’Dell said no. “The project is not behind at all. We’re still on schedule” for a June completion.

New TIF District

In other business, and by votes of 5-0, the commission took the steps necessary to “carve out” 157.4 acres—the property purchased by Urschel Laboratories Inc.—from the current tax increment financing district in place at Coffee Creek Center.

As Lukmann has explained, the property in question is already in an established TIF district but that district is due to expire in about 18 years, while the financing mechanism which is making it possible for Urschel Laboratories to re-locate to Coffee Creek Center will have a lifetime of 20 years, beginning after completion of the facility.

On Monday, members adopted two resolutions: the first doing the actual carve-out, the second designating those 157.4 acres a new “economic allocation area,” as it’s technically called.

The commission also voted 5-0 to hold a public hearing on the newly designated TIF district at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11.




Posted 2/12/2013