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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.