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New bids for 1st phase of Chesterton plan to reduce sewage bypasses come in under budget

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The second round of bids for Phase I of the Chesterton Utility’s long term control project are in.

And there’s some good new: they appear to be significantly lower than the first round’s, which were rejected by the Utility Service Board last month for being way too high.

The even better news: the second round of bids has come in under budget.

At a special meeting Monday night, the Service Board voted 5-0 to take the bids under advisement.

A special meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the town hall to award contracts.

Bids for Phase IA, in which a number of improvements will be made to the wastewater treatment plant itself:

* Thieneman Construction of Westfield, Ind.: $1,649,000.

* Robert Crosby Inc. of Fort Wayne: $1,938,000.

Bids for Phase 1B, in which work will be performed on two sanitary sewer lines:

* Utility Services Authority of Belleville, Mich.: $377,828.

* Instituform Technologies of Chesterfield, Mo.: $378,491.60.

* Layne Construction of Mission Woods, Kan.: $490,100.

There was only one bid for Phase 1C, in which a permanent emergency generator will be installed at the Westwood Manor lift station and two other lift stations will be switched to three-phase power: $203,000, submitted by Thieneman Construction.

The total budget for Phase I: 2,440,900. The aggregate of the apparent low bids for Phase I: $2,229,828. Add another $86,000--NIPSCO’s bill for switching two lift stations to three-phase, and the total apparent cost for Phase I is $2,315,828, or $125,072 under budget.

The first round of bids overshot the budget by something like $2.6 million. The Utility and contracted engineer DLZ then re-specced the project and re-advertised.

The long term control plan is a mandate of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce bypasses of sewage into the Little Calumet River during heavy rain events. The major component of the plan is a 1.2-million gallon storage tank, into which the treatment plant’s main lift station will divert stormwater-diluted wastewater during storms until the plant has had a chance to catch up.

The tank will then bleed that excess back into the system for full treatment.

The total estimated cost of the long term control plan: $14.9 million.

Interim Superintendent

In other business, the Service Board voted 5-0 formally to accept the resignation of former superintendent Rob Lovell, effective May 31.

Members then voted 5-0 to appoint Town Engineer Mark O’Dell as Interim superintendent, at a salary of 50 percent what Lovell was making.

This is the fourth time O’Dell has been asked to serve as interim superintendent, which has proved to be a difficult position for the Service Board to fill with anything like permanency.

“Thank you, Mark,” Member Jim Raffin said. “This is the fourth time we’ve gone around on this. And you’ve always stepped up.”

“Maybe next time we’ll find somebody who’ll stay,” Member Scot McCord added.



Posted 6/4/2013