Superintendent Dave Ryan had been hoping, really hoping, that the contractor
on the sanitary sewer re-line project along West Morgan Ave. between Eighth
and 13th streets would be done by Friday, Feb. 15.
Ryan reported to the Utility Service Board at its meeting Tuesday night, a
“bad section” of re-lined pipe has been discovered. “The contractor will be
cutting that bad section out on Wednesday and re-lining it on Thursday,”
that the project has taken much longer than he’d ever expected, partially
due to inclement weather. But still. “A few residents are getting upset
because it’s going on and on and on,” he said. “I’ve talked to some of them
about the importance of the project and I think they get it. But I
understand their pain.”
Insituform USA LLC, has been installing a liner in the sewer mains using the
trenchless Cast in Place Pipe (CIPP) method. The new liner will reduce
infiltration, eliminate leaking joints, restore the structural integrity of
the aging pipes, and increase flow capacity, Ryan has said.
In other business,
Ryan reported that the bitterly cold temperatures in January were
challenging for his staff but had a minimal impact on operations. “All town
offices were closed on Jan. 30 and 31 for inclement weather,” he noted.
“Plant and lab operations were not interrupted. Kudos to both the plant and
collections crew for another outstanding job maintaining our system during
the extreme weather conditions.”
“That there were
only a few minor problems with the equipment means that we’ve been doing a
good job maintaining it,” President Larry Brandt said. “If they knew about
it, the people of Chesterton would appreciate the fact that they can flush
and not have to worry about it.”
“Kudos to the whole
plant for handling that cold weather,” Member Andy Michel added. “They kept
it going. I can’t say enough about the crew.”
The Utility ran a
surplus last year of $588,982.96, compared to a projected surplus of
$279,461, or 111 percent better than expected.
Total revenues in
2018 were $4,669,519.28, compared to projected revenues of $4,207,979, or 11
percent better than expected.
revenues last year were $3,200,260.16, compared to project operating
revenues of $2,738,720, or 17 percent better than expected.
expenses in 2018 were $2,611,277, compared to project expenses of
$2,459,259, or 6 percent higher than expected.
reported that he’s hopeful of taking delivery of the Utility’s new camera
truck in late March or early April. Ryan said that the supplier, Eco
Infrastructure Solutions Inc. of Whitestown, Ind., recently picked up the
truck body at the dealership and drove it to the manufacturer in Kentucky
for the actual build.
Cost of the camera
The need for a new
camera truck became obvious late last year when the current vehicle became
mechanically unreliable. Even so, Ryan said at the time that the entire
collections system has been televised within the last several years and was
on a second go-around when the old truck began developing problems, so in
the short term there shouldn’t be any bad surprises.
The Service Board
will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the wastewater treatment plant,
300 League Lane in Porter, to discuss the findings of the latest biennial
rate study conducted by the Utility’s contracted financial consultant,
London Witte Group.
January in Review
Chesterton used 49.19 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 56.37 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 72.33
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 51.3 percent
of its capacity.
There were no
sewage bypasses into the Little Calumet River last month, which saw 1.16
inches of precipitation.
Also in January,
the Utility ran a surplus of $305,135.61.