construction of the Town of Chesterton’s fiber optic network was once again
the main topic of discussion at the Redevelopment Commissioner’s meeting
unanimously to solicit quotes for the retrofitting of an empty office at the
municipal complex into a “meet-me room,” which will serve as the network’s
computer nerve center.
At least three
quotes must be solicited from vendors “known to do that kind of project,”
Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann noted.
The room will have
specialized temperature and heating/cooling specifications; will be
separated from the rest of the municipal complex, with entrance only from a
door which needs to be cut into the wall of the rear of the building; and
must have holes for the fiber-optic conduits bored through the foundation.
Estimated cost of
the meet-me room, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said: $100,000.
Change Order No. 1
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve the first change order submitted by the
contractor installing the network, CSU of Plainfield, Ind.
The changes are all
related to the unexpected need to conduct boring operations--significantly
more expensive than “plowing,” or trench-digging--at four work sites along
the network. “These were four locations were we just didn’t have a choice,”
The change order
added $44,757.24 to the contract price of $1,233,673.91, bringing the new
price up to $1,278,431.24, an increase of 3.6 percent.
Members also voted
unanimously to approve a contract with the Northern Indiana Public Service
Company permitting CSU to use an electric pole to uplift the fiber-optic
conduit over Coffee Creek at a location along Indian Boundary Road where
boring is not authorized.
East Porter Ave.
voted unanimously to award the contract for replacing the old bridge on East
Porter Ave. over Sand Creek to Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland for its
lowest responsive and responsible bid of $619,370.20.
That amount is 7.9
percent higher than the original contractor engineer’s estimate of
$574,143.29, O’Dell noted. A big part of the unexpectedly high cost is due
to the expense of demolishing the old bridge, he said.
companies also submitted bids:
* $688,920.35, from
Ellas Construction Company Inc.
* $705,466.50, from
Ellas Construction Company LLC.
* $711,706.23, from
* $747,500, from
Gariup Construction Company Inc.
* $764,888.88, from
Woodruff & Sons.
* $781,492.10, from
* $819,995, from
G.E. Marshall Inc.
Half of the bridge
replacement project’s cost will be funded through a 50/50 grant awarded the
town last year through the State of Indiana’s Community Crossings
which will be half-funded through the Community Crossings grant will be the
re-paving of South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and the Post Office. But
as Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the commission on
Monday, he’s begun having serious second-thoughts about that job’s specs.
Schnadenberg said, he’d thought to mill the roadway two inches, down to the
old concrete undersurfance, then put down two inches of fresh asphalt. But
he’s doubting now that two inches will be enough, given the severity of the
winters in Duneland. So Schnadenberg is now planning to lay at least four
inches of asphalt, on top of a synthetic fiber matting whose purpose is to
prevent “reflective cracking,” that is, cracks in the concrete undersurface
which ripple up through the asphalt.
the commission that he’d have more details at its next meeting, March 26.
In other paving
news, Schnadenberg noted that he’s currently working on a five-year paving
plan which will include Sidewalk Road between Ind. 49 and 200E; and
Dickinson Road between East Porter Ave. and 1050N.