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Porter board awards drainage work for Dune Meadows Dr., Franklin St.

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As soon as materials arrive, work will pick up the pace on construction of the Waverly Road detention basin. Once begun, the project should be completed in three weeks.

Meeting Tuesday, the Porter Stormwater Management Board approved partial payment of $28,866 to contractor R.V. Sutton for materials. The contract price is $64,272. The work includes installation of three underground tanks in a gravel bed in a purchased easement north of Woodlawn Avenue.

The project will relieve temporary flooding following heavy rain on the west side of Waverly south of the Amtrak railroad, and will provide drainage for the planned Orchard Pedestrian Way hike/bike trail.

At Tuesday’s meeting the three-person board voted 2-0 with member Daniel Colbert absent to award R.V. Sutton, the only proposal submitted, a new $26,475 contract to replace two culverts and add a stormwater inlet at the far east end of Franklin Street north of the Waverly detention project.

Project manager Warren Thiede of town engineer Haas & Associates said their estimate for the Franklin work was about $20,000 but because a lot of hand digging is involved due to numerous utilities converging in that area, the negotiated price is fair.

After the meeting Thiede said partially completed is a major drainage project at Ackerman Drive in nearby Hawthorne Park; an undersized culvert was replaced and enlarged, but it awaits installation of a flapgate that will prevent the Little Calumet River from reversing its flow and backing up into the park as previously has occurred.

The Orchard Pedway will wind through Hawthorne in that area.

A contractor also was tapped Tuesday to make culvert repairs and add a catch basin on Dune Meadows Drive. Kroczek Lawn and Landscaping of LaPorte will do the job for $6,995. R.V. Sutton proposed $11,800. Board members questioned the price differential; Thiede and Porter Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer both vouched for Kroczek’s excavator saying he is very experienced.

In February, a treasurer’s report showed the Stormwater Board had a balance of $263,367 at that time.

On another matter, Brueckheimer thanked Porter director of development/building commissioner Mike Barry for helping her department during recent rain events. “He’s been a huge help to Public Works.”

She also relayed staff concerns about a 1995 Porter ordinance that outlines a way for town employees to replace culverts if residents want, but the citizen has to reimburse the town for materials within 30 days of installation. She said the average 30 feet of 12-inch culvert costs about $275.

Brueckheimer said Chesterton has a similar program but its ordinance is more detailed. Stinson agreed to consult with the Porter town attorney.

Brueckheimer congratulated local students from Duneland, St. Patrick and Discovery schools whose decorated rain barrels were displayed at the recent Earth Day celebration and education day at the Porter County Expo Center. “I was very impressed with the event.”

The Public Works director also reminded town residents that bagged grass clippings weighing no more than 50 pounds each will be taken by Able disposal on its regular pick-up schedule. Grass can’t be composted at public sites because of lawn chemicals contained in some clippings. Town employees won’t do pick-up, but grass can be brought to the Public Works garage on Beam Street.

More information is available on the www.townofporter. com website under Public Works.


Posted 4/24/2013