Redevelopment Commission gave the go-ahead Monday for consultant SEH to
draft preliminary plans and site specifications for a possible 12,000-square
foot Public Works facility.
The complex would
include a 3-acre yard waste area, protected salt dome and specially designed
wash-off station for Sewer Department vehicles/equipment to avoid shop
recommendation of RDC member Rob Pomeroy, SEH also will be asked for a cost
beyond its base $39,900 contract to study having yard waste and material
storage only at the new location, freeing up space behind the current 550 W.
Beam St. building for an addition.
The money saved,
said Pomeroy, could be used to replace the Fire Departmentís 1988 engine and
buy new Public Works vehicles.
Public Works and
the Fire Department share a building now, but RDC president Jeannine Virtue
said the 23 year-old structure is too small. Having been liaison to both the
Fire and Public Works departments, ďNo one can tell me we donít need the
The Fire Department
would occupy the entire 550 W. Beam site if a new Public Works building is
constructed directly across the street in the town-owned Brickyard property.
Because that land
is a former industrial area regulated by the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management, the RDC also entered into a $4,250 contract with
Cardno ATC Assoc. to perform soil borings.
Member Greg Stinson
said the Public Works project is time sensitive because the RDC faces a July
1, 2015 deadline to have a needed bond issue for the project in place under
a new state law regarding TIF districts, within which the Brickyard is
If the bond issue
and IDEM approval canít be completed in time, a general obligation bond
through the Town Council would be considered but Stinson said the project
likely would be smaller in scope to avoid a property-tax increase on
After the meeting
Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueck-heimer said although the Brickyard
land has steep ravines, the 4 to 5 acres eyed for the new complex is the
flattest portion of the property and is directly across from the current
Public Works complex.
She also said the
new yard-waste site would be developed in cooperation with the Porter County
Solid Waste District.
John Marshall is an
appointed RDC member from the Duneland School Board. He asked that any new
bond issue not reduce the amount of property taxes Duneland otherwise would
receive and if it would, that the lost revenue be replaced.
RDC attorney Gregg
Sobkowski said there should be no negative financial impact to Duneland.
comment resident Jennifer Klug suggested the town pay off the outstanding
balance, thought to be small, on a previous bond issue to finance
construction of the police station if a new bond issue is sold.
In other RDC
business, Porter director of development Mike Barry reported construction
change-orders to the Orchard Pedestrian Way hike/bike trail have resulted in
an overall $56,819 credit on the project bringing it under budget.
with project engineer Haas and Associates the RDC voted 4-0 with member Erik
Wagner absent to pay the firm an additional $10,400 for necessary work
beyond the contract scope originally outlined.