Turns out, the final cost of the Val’s Pizza lift station was quite a bit
less than the bid price, and not hugely higher than the original estimate.
At its meeting Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted 3-0 to
approve Change Order No. 2 for the project, which decreased the bid price of
$205,888 by $57,193 or fully 28 percent. Change Order No. 1 had already
deducted $1,130 from the bid price, bringing the final cost of the lift
station to $147,565.
The original estimate had been in the neighborhood of $125,000.
The lift station--located in the flood-prone alley behind Val’s Famous Pizza
& Grinders at Broadway and 11th Street, the lowest point in town--is now on
line and in heavy rains will pump stormwater from the alley to a line on
The general contractor for the project, Woodruff & Sons, worked with Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell to shave the $205,888 bid price to a more manageable
Under the same 3-0 vote, members also approved Change Order No. 1 for a
different project, the installation of upsized concrete culverts in the
Morningside subdivision. That change order increased the contract price of
$107,000 by $8,149.25 or 8 percent.
O’Dell told the board that general contractor G.E. Marshall Inc. had run
into a number of unexpected utility lines, including a water line which
Indiana-American Water Company had failed to locate for crews.
11th Street Lift Station
In other business, members voted 3-0 to put a second stormwater lift station
project out to bid, this one to drain a flood-prone alley in the area of
11th Street and West Porter Ave.
Lawson-Fisher Associates engineered the specs for the lift station at a
contract price of $10,985.
Bids will be opened at the board’s next meeting, Nov. 18.
This lift station--like its sister lift station in the alley behind
Val’s--will be paid for with funds from an $880,000 stormwater bond issued
late in 2011.
Meanwhile, the board voted 3-0 to approve the Stormwater Utility’s 2014
That budget is projecting total revenues of $438,000, almost entirely from
the stormwater user fee assessed on the bimonthly sanitary sewer bills;
total expenses of $424,100; and a year’s end surplus of $1,900.
Expenses include $225,000 for wages; $113,800 for pensions and benefits;
$25,000 for MS4 public education; and $21,000 for material and supplies,
among other things.
Kudos for Urschel Contractor
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala took a moment to praise Tonn & Blank, the
general contractor for the new Urschel Laboratories Inc. manufacturing
facility and corporate headquarters at Coffee Creek Center, for getting out
in front of MS4 construction site regulations.
Even before a foundation was poured for the building, Gadzala said, Tonn &
Blank final-graded and hydroseeded the large detention pond on site. Both
EPA and IDEM “encourage the stabilization of soils once major disturbance
work has ceased,” she noted.
Tonn & Blank, Gadzala added, “is leading by example.”
“Thank you, Tonn & Blank and Urschel, for forward thinking and forward
acting in taking care of the land out there,” President Thomas Kopko said.
September in Review
The Stormwater Utility ran a surplus in September of $6,957 and in the
year-to-date is running a surplus of $12,237.