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TIF board invites the Woodville Foundation to meetings

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The Town of Chesterton has in no way excluded the Woodville Foundation--a newly incorporated not-for-profit advocating for Liberty Township residents--from the table.

That, according to the Redevelopment Commission.

Member Paul Tharp opened Monday night’s meeting by citing Friday’s edition of the Chesterton Tribune, in which officials of the Woodville Foundation say that the town has not made “a place for them at the table.”

Tharp promptly invited the Woodville Foundation to the commission’s meetings, at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. “I just don’t want them to feel that we’re snubbing them or ignoring them,” he said.

At the Town Council’s meeting on Oct. 28, members heard from Herb Read, representing the Woodville Foundation, who spoke at length from the floor.

Ind. 49 Utility Corridor

In other business, members voted 5-0 to approve Change Order No. 3 for the Ind. 49 utility corridor project, for several items completed two months ago by general contractor LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point. They include the digging of a meter pit for water service, as required by Indiana-American Water Company (IAWC), and sheathing conduit in concrete where it runs along a pipeline right-of-way.

The change order increases the cost of the project by $11,397.51. Together the three change orders have upped the original contract price of $2,880,865 to $2,956,162.24, or by 2.61 percent.

“That’s good for any project,” Member Sharon Darnell said. “That’s unheard of, that’s amazing.”

“It’s safe to say that project is done except for some punch-list items?” Member Jeff Trout asked of Town Engineer Mark O’Dell.

O’Dell replied in the affirmative.

Members also voted 5-0 to transfer ownership of the newly constructed water line--one of the components of the project--to IAWC, with a certified value of $670,880.75.

No, Formally

Meanwhile, members voted formally not to change the timing on the upgraded traffic signal to be installed at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and Ind. 49, as the CSX railroad had requested.

At the commission’s November meeting, O’Dell reported that CSX wanted the new signal re-programmed to add two more seconds to light duration, at an approximate cost of $80,000. O’Dell said at the time that he told CSX No. On Monday, however, members made it official with a vote, after establishing that, in the view of the Indiana Department of Transportation, liability for any train-versus-vehicle incident would attach to CSX or the driver but not to the town.


Members voted 5-0 to approve the following claims: $4,845 from DLZ; $13,290.57 from DVG Inc., the contracted engineer for the Ind. 49 utility corridor project; $1,374.60 from Ellis Electric Inc.; and $900 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann.



Posted 12/17/2013