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West Morgan sewer main to be sliplined

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Chesterton Superintendent Dave Ryan’s original plan this fall was to slip-line a stretch of the giant 48-inch gravity main which runs north from West Porter Ave. along Eighth Street on its way to the wastewater treatment plant.

In particular, he wanted to slip-line the stretch which passes under the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.

But it’s beginning to get late in the year and the complexities associated with working in a railroad right-of-way have prompted Ryan to shift his focus to another--and also critical--sewer main: the 27- to 30-inch concrete main running along West Morgan Ave.

As it is, Ryan told the Utility Service Board at its meeting Monday night, crews have already repaired one sink hole on West Morgan Ave. this year, believed to have been caused by some breach in the main through which sand and dirt were being washed away. And several other incipient sink holes have been identified.

Ryan accordingly asked the Service Board to permit him to re-allocate some $170,000 in Capital Improvement funds intended for use on the Eighth Street main to the West Morgan Ave. main. “Since this sewer is one of the major backbones of the system, I think it is prudent to move forward with protecting this essential asset,” he said.

Members agreed and voted unanimously to authorize the re-allocation.

The re-lining technique itself--which was used last year to rehabilitate several hundred linear feet of a main along and just off North Calumet Road--is called cure-in-place pipe, which involves the insertion into the pipe of a resin-treated felt tube. Hot water or steam is then used to activate the tube and cause it to form a tight, seamless fit inside the original pipe.

“It enhances the structural integrity of the pipe and stops all leaks and water infiltration,” Ryan told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.

For Sale to the Only Bidder

Meanwhile, the Service Board voted unanimously to sell the Utility’s oldest vacuum truck, a 1997 Vactor, to Woodruff & Sons, at a price of $12,388, slightly higher than the minimum bid of $12,000.

There were no other bidders.

Member John Schnadenberg called it a fair price, given the fact that Vactor representatives previously suggested that the old truck probably was worth between $10,000 and $15,000 on the open market.

“This is about what we would have expected,” President Larry Brandt agreed.

August in Review

In August, Chesterton used 46.32 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 51.08 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 53.56 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 47.33 percent of its capacity. “There’s a lot of capacity left for growth,” Brandt noted.

Last month there were no bypasses of wastewater into the Little Calumet River. A total of 5.54 inches of rain was recorded at the plant, in the third wettest month of the year.

In August the Utility ran a deficit of $337,830.55 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $292,499.68.

Condolences

Brandt took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his condolences to former superintendent Terry Atherton, whose wife, Donna, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, at VNA Hospice.

“We appreciate everything you did for the Utility,” Brandt said. “And we’re very sorry about your loss.”

A memorial service will be set at a later date.

 

 

Posted 9/19/2018

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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