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Land snag adds $10,000 to Porter Brickyard cost

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A two-year delay on the Porter Brickyard Trail means the town will have to pay contractor Rieth Riley $10,000 more to mobilize its equipment and material when work begins again mid-April.

The town’s Redevelopment Commission approved the expenditure Tuesday at the request of director of development Mike Barry.

The project is funded primarily with a grant administered by the Indiana Department of Transportation but the remobilization fee isn’t eligible for reimbursement.

Efforts to obtain right-of-way needed near Howe Road for access to the Brickyard Trail and its pedestrian bridge over U.S. 20 were tied up in litigation dragging out the already long-delayed project.

Also Tuesday the RDC approved change-order No. 7 for the new Porter Avenue sewer lift station, which has been online since last fall. The town will pay a net $13,396 more for milling and resurfacing Porter Avenue from its north end through the Michigan Street intersection; a $3,500 credit was applied for the town having done some project demolition.

The date for lift-station substantial completion also was extended to March 28 with project manager Warren Thiede of Hass & Associates reporting the work is done except for a new meter on Franklin Street.

Change-order No. 11 was OK’d on a 5-0 vote reconciling the final cost of Porter’s section of the Dunes Kankakee Trail. The money will be reimbursed through the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, which supplied the funds for the project.

Vote was unanimous as well to reimburse the Porter Park Department $503 for payments it made this year on a John Deere equipment lease, and to pay the $251 per-month lease payments for the remainder of 2014.

The RDC has an agreement with the Park Department to maintain town hike/bike trails that includes $5,000 a year for needed equipment.



Posted 3/26/2014