The lowest of the two bids submitted for a proposed stormwater lift
station—to drain the alley behind Val’s during heavy rains—is at a minimum
65 percent higher than the estimated cost of the project.
Put it another way: Woodruff & Sons’ bid of $205,888 for that project would
consume very nearly a quarter of the $880,000 in proceeds from a stormwater
bond issued late last year and intended to fund a whole raft of projects.
So, as Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Stormwater Management
Board at its meeting Monday night, he and Woodruff are taking a sharp pencil
to the specs and talking to suppliers in an effort to reduce the contract
Different materials, a modified valve, “the little things can add up,”
O’Dell said. Maybe, he added, they can succeed in shaving $13,000 to $20,000
off the price. By the end of the week, they ought to know.
The bids are good for 30 days from the opening, on Sept. 10. The other bid
was $269,200, submitted by Haase Construction Company Inc. of Calumet City,
The whole idea behind the lift station is to pump stormwater from the alley
behind Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders, located a Broadway and 11th Street. In
heavy rains that alley—the lowest point in the Town of Chesterton—tends to
flood. The lift station would pump the runoff from the alley to a large
stormwater sewer line on Lincoln Ave., about 1,100 feet to the south.
Meanwhile, perhaps prompted by the cost of the Val’s lift station, O’Dell
said that he’s beginning to re-think the concept behind a second one,
proposed for another alley in the area of 11th Street and West Porter Ave.
The estimated cost of that project is—like the Val’s lift station
Now, O’Dell said, he’s exploring the feasibility of a gravity stormwater
line to drain that alley.
To date, the Stormwater Utility has expended $89,706.99 on projects as part
of the bond issue. The remaining balance: $761,991.77. Projects already
completed: the cleaning of the Lincoln Ave. detention basin, located off
23rd Street by the Prairie Duneland Trail; and two repairs of stormwater
lines along 23rd Street, one of them an emergency job.
August in Review
In August the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $3,351 and in the
year-to-date is running a surplus of $19,786.