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Rotary builds shed for Thomas Park electric

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The recent addition to Thomas Centennial Park isn’t a new Santa’s House--it isn’t even Santa’s summer cottage in the Cotswolds--but rather a shed built to house the park’s electrical service, including the control unit for an interactive fountain to be installed at Thomas Centennial sometime in the next year.

So Superintendent Bruce Mathias announced at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Park Board.

The fountain’s specifications haven’t been completed yet, Mathias said, but it will be installed on the site of the old fountain, which has been removed.

The shed was constructed by the Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club at no cost to the town, Mathias noted. “So a big thanks to Rotary.”

Waskom and Kipper Projects

In other business, members voted unanimously to take under advisement two sets of bids, one for renovations to Waskom Park, serving the Ironwood subdivision; the other for renovations to Kipper Park, serving the Westchester South subdivision.

Bid specifications for Waskom provide for installation of an ADA playground, basketball and tennis courts, a shelter, and a concrete sidewalk, with an original estimated cost of $539,120. Base bids for the Waskom project:

*$544,279, from Gough Inc. of Merrillville.

*$569,900, from Gariup Construction Company of Gary.

There were also five alternate bids from each company, including the following:

*Add concrete pavement: Gough $14,720; Gariup $19,550.

*Install asphalt in lieu of base bid concrete: Gough $43,980; Gariup $34,500.

*Landscape plantings: Gough $31,133; Gariup $28,000.

*Install wood fiber playground mulch in lieu of Playground Safety Surface System: Gough $15,922; Gariup $8,500.

Bid specifications for Kipper provide for the addition of a shelter, benches, and a play structure for kids 5-12, with an original estimated cost of $262,000. Base bids for the Kipper project:

*$227,650, from Gariup.

*$279,724, from Gough.

There were also three alternative bids from each company, including the following:

*Add a play structure for kids 2-5: Gariup $32,000; Gough $31,254.

*Install wood fiber mulch in lieu of safety surface system for 5-12 play structure: Gariup $7,000; Gough $13,983.

The Park Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, to award the contracts for the projects.

Holiday Decorations

Mathias took a moment at the end of the meeting to note that holiday decorations are already going up in the Downtown. It may seem early, he said, but “we’re short-weeked this year,” with Thanksgiving falling not at the very end of the month but in the third week.


Posted 11/10/2017




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