Chesterton Tribune



More than 300 tons of buried farm debris hauled from Indiana 49 project site

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The Ind. 49 utility corridor project has, for the most part, gone pretty much according to plan--if you ignore the wretchedly wet weather this year which has delayed work on numerous occasions.

But when you stick a shovel in the ground, you never quite know what you’re gonna find, as was the case this winter when general contractor LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point was rooting around on the so-called Pope Farm property--south of the Indiana Toll Road and west of Ind. 49--and found a few tons of buried farm trash.

How much to be exact?

A total of 332.09 tons of it. That is to say, 6,641,180 pounds.

All of that garbage had to be hauled from site, at a cost of $27,343.29. That was the major component of Change Order No. 1, which the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission voted 3-0 to approve at its meeting Monday night.

Members Ed Schoenfelt and Jim Ton were absent.

Added to the change order as well: some minor ground stabilization and culvert work.

Finally, the change order formally extends the completion date, by which LGS must finish the job, by 30 days, to July 23.

The change order increases the original contract price of $2,880,865 by $30,649.29 or around 1 percent.

The idea of the project is to open the Ind. 49 corridor south of the Toll Road to commercial development by providing sanitary sewer, stormwater, water, and fiber optic infrastructure. The project will also provide sanitary sewer service to developers of unincorporated property south of the town’s southernmost corporate limit, after the Porter County Council last year agree to pay $742,409 to upsize the lines sufficiently.


In other business, members voted 3-0 to approve the following claims: $214,932.36 from LGS; $14,470 from DLZ; $856.25 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann; and $307.20 from Lowell Concrete Products.


Posted 6/27/2013