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New Public Works building comes in at $1.5 million in Porter

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The Porter Redevelopment Commission approved a bid for the new Porter Public Works building at a special meeting last week.

Low bidder Berglund Construction will build the new metal-pole-style Public Works building and a salt dome behind the Fire Department for a total of $1,533,000. Other companies that bid were Gariup Construction, Gibson-Lewis, Hasse, Larson-Danielson, Gough, and Pangere Corp.

The new construction means the Fire Department will no longer have to share a building with Public Works. The new building will have eight bays, four on either side, and be 80 feet deep as opposed to the current facilityís 60-foot depth. It will also have 16-foot ceilings and a small waiting area.

The salt dome and a fire alarm system are included in the total for $172,000 and $20,500, respectively. Porter Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported the salt dome will be steel-framed with heavy fabric, like Chestertonís.

Barry reported the building will go up some time in August, the area around it will be paved, and it should be free to use by the second week of September. Barry also said a ditch in the yard between the Fire Department and Yost Elementary School will be cleaned as part of the improvements, and the yard will stay uncluttered once Public Works has enough room to store all of its vehicles indoors.

The Town bonded for the new Public Works building in 2015 and is only now using the proceeds. Of $3.9 million bonded that year for the new building and road work, $1.1 million was earmarked for construction. The RDC approved using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to pay the approximate $417,383 that will remain after the bond is applied. The board will have to separately approve any further expenses related to the project.

The RDC also approved a task order for Global Engineering to do a construction inspection and testing not to exceed $75,000 from the RDC general fund. Barry said the Town normally subcontracts out for testing, but Global has the certifications and equipment to do materials testing, and using them will save about $15,000.


Posted 6/11/2020




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