After a slow
winter, the Chesterton Park Board is barreling into the spring, and folks
can expect to see a lot of movement soon on a long list of bond-funded
Begin with the
installation of new playground equipment at Dogwood, Chesterton, and Olde
Towne parks. At their meeting Tuesday evening, members voted unanimously to
take under advisement a trio of quotes received for the work.
Landscaping of Plainfield, Ill.: $82,000.
Landscape, also of Plainfield: $106,404.
¥Wampler Works Inc.
of Rensselaer: $134,500.
equipment for each of the three parks has already been purchased and
delivered. Total cost of the new sets: $242,906, funded through a $2-million
bond issued late in 2015.
By unanimous vote
members also authorized Superintendent Bruce Mathias to solicit a minimum of
three quotes for the demolition and removal of the current restroom facility
at Dogwood Park; and for the installation of a foundation and utilities for
a new one, which has been purchased --at a cost of $138,140--from Concrete
Modular Systems Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla. The demolition of the old
restroom facility and the installation of a new foundation have each been
estimated to cost less than $150,000, the statutory threshold at which a
municipality must go out to bid for the work.
voted unanimously to authorize Mathias to seek a scope of work from DLZ for
the design of a lighting and electric plan for the installation of lights at
the Dogwood Park softball fields. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell noted in a memo
to the board that DLZ designed the plan for the current field lighting, has
“all the drawings for what is existing out there, and can design this fairly
recommending that any plan subsequently submitted by DLZ provide for one
fully lighted field and for four future light locations, in the event the
Park Department wants to purchase the lighting at a later date. “This way
all of the infrastructure is under the ground and the town would just have
to purchase the lights,” O’Dell said.
In other business,
Mathias reported that installation of a splash pad at Chesterton Park should
begin by the end of the month. That splash pad was purchased--at a price of
$195,770--from Splash Zone of Mesa, Ariz., and will be sited south of the
voted unanimously to authorize the Duneland Exchange Club to hang its
Prevent Child Abuse banner from the bandstand in Thomas Centennial Park.
That banner will be
hung--tied with ties, not nailed or stapled to the bandstand--on April 1 and
be removed on April 30.
Exchange Club has been putting the banner in the park, during its month-long
campaign, every April for the last 10 years.