The Chesterton Park
Board spent more than $300,000 on Dogwood Park at its meeting Tuesday
evening, as it continues to put the proceeds of last year’s $2-million bond
issue to good work.
expenditure, approved by unanimous vote: $138,140.35 on a manufactured
restroom, to be provided and installed by low bidder Concrete Modular
Systems (CMS) Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann--in noting that CMS’ bid was nearly half that submitted by the only
other bidder, Gariup Construction Company of Gary ($273,700)--told the board
that CMS was due-diligenced, that “they’ve done work for other
municipalities,” and that “they haven’t shown an inability to complete
“And they won’t get
paid until job satisfaction,” Lukmann noted.
Members also voted
unanimously to purchase--at long, long last--brand-new SkyBuilders
playground equipment for Dogwood, at a cost of $182,109.36. That price does
not include installation, which the board will contract for later, when
Superintendent Bruce Mathias takes delivery of the equipment.
When exactly the
new restroom and the new playground equipment will be installed, however, is
unclear. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after
the meeting that it’s beginning to get late in the season for new projects.
On the other hand, Mathias said that it’s certainly possible, if the stars
align just right, for both jobs to be completed before the end of the year.
And if not this
year, Mathias said, then early next spring.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize Mathias to obtain a contractor for
the installation of the new splash pad at Chesterton Park, now that the Park
Department has taken delivery of the pad itself and full drawings for the
$104,686 and manufactured by Rain Deck of Mesa, Ariz.--will be sited south
of the tennis courts.
voted unanimously to approve an expenditure of $13,485 for a trailer for the
Park Department’s Bobcat.
Mathias said that
it will save wear-and-tear on the apparatus.
Included in that
cost is a trencher attachment for the Bobcat, which Mathias noted will get
its first use soon, during the in-house installation of a drainage pipe at
the Dogwood soccer fields, which should solve the standing-water problem
Hooked on Art
Members also voted
unanimously to approve the temporary installation of signage at Thomas
Centennial Park, in advance of the Hooked on Art festival there on Saturday,
Two signs will be
installed there on Friday, Sept. 16: one at the northwest corner of Broadway
and South Calumet Road; the other on the bandstand itself, fixed on the
structure by means of zip-ties.
Emanuele on the Art
Emanuele took a moment at the end of the meeting to say that he’s heard
nothing but good things about the Chesterton Art Fair at Dogwood Park,
during the first weekend of August.
“You and your guys
did a great job,” Emanuele told Mathias. “Everything I’ve heard has been
positive. Everything looked great. The parking lots were clean. The setup
was good. There were no problems with the portable restrooms. It was really