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Utility board awards contracts for first phase of plan to cut sewage bypasses

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Contracts have finally been awarded for Phase I of the Chesterton Utility’s long term control plan for the reduction of sewage bypasses into the Little Calumet River.

The Phase 1A contract--upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant--went to low bidder Thieneman Construction of Westfield, Ind., at a price of $1,649,00. The Phase 1B contract--for sewer rehabilitation--went to low-bidder Utility Services Authority of Belleville, Mich., at a price of $377,828. And the Phase 1C contract--for lift station electrical upgrades--went to sole bidder Thieneman, at a price of $203,000.

The total cost of Phase I, including the $86,000 which NIPSCO will charge for switching two lift stations to three-phase power: $2,315,828, or around $125,072 under budget.

At the Utility Service Board’s meeting Monday night, Mark Nye of DLZ, the contracted engineer for the long term control plan, reported that the closing date for the State Revolving Fund loan for Phase I--in the amount of $3,621,000--is Friday, June 21.

The long term control plan is a mandate of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce bypasses of sewage into the Little Calumet River during heavy rain events. The major component of the plan--Phase II--is a 1.2-millon gallon storage tank, into which the treatment plant’s main lift station will divert stormwater-diluted wastewater during storms until the plant has had a chance to catch up. The tank will then bleed that excess back into the system for full treatment.

The total estimated cost of the long term control plan: $14.9 million.

Nye said that the Service Board could advertise for bids for Phase II in September--assuming the Indiana Department of Environmental Management approves the engineering--and that it could award the contract in October, with construction to begin in November.

Ind. 49 Utility

Corridor Update

In other business, Interim Superintendent Mark O’Dell reported that work on the Ind. 49 utility corridor project is in the home stretch, although a spate of bad weather has pushed the completion date back by a few days.

All sanitary sewer and water infrastructure is done, O’Dell said, while the restoration of excavated areas on the east side of Ind. 49 and north of the Indiana Toll Road is nearly done.

Meanwhile, the building for the lift station generator is under construction and the generator has been delivered but is not quite ready to be installed.

Sometime next month, however, the utility corridor will be completed and shovel-ready for any development project which may come down the pike, O’Dell said.

May in Review

In May, Chesterton used 45.77 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 45.49 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 63.31 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 45.72 percent of its capacity.

There were no bypasses recorded in May, which saw 4.06 inches of rain.

Year-to-date financials for the Utility are not yet available, as staff continues to work with a new software system.



Posted 6/20/2013