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Porter RDC gets started on road improvements

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This summer’s bond purchase to extend the life of the Town of Porter’s tax increment finance district (TIF) is being put to use by the Redevelopment Commission to move forward with an extensive paving project.

The RDC adopted resolutions in June for a $4 million bond that would provide about $2.5 million for road improvements within the TIF area or those that provide a service to it.

Town Director of Development Michael Berry presented a summary of the work to be done starting with consultant SEH Inc. that will make evaluations of the roads, come up with a development of plans, and configure plan specifications and drawings.

SEH will be paid $46,750 for Task 1, as it is called. The firm did a study of the roads last year.

The RDC decided to forgo evaluating parking lots for now but did approve other tasks in the proposal including figuring construction, time and materials and assessing 22 curb ramps. Barry reported the portion of the plan for the ramps will be $4,950.

Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said that “now is the right time” to start taking bids as prices are down this time of year. SEH Engineer Adam Higgins said the town can save 10 to 20 percent doing this “now rather than later.” He suggested letting the project out to bid in either February or March.

From the floor, resident Jennifer Klug asked that the RDC take consideration of the fact there will be new appointments next year with a new town council in January and see to it that the project can move forward without delay.

The RDC voted unanimously to move forward with Tasks 1, 3 and 4.

In other business, the board approved a change order for Dunes-Kankakee Trail work for $20,420 which is being paid for fully with funds from the Northwest Indiana Redevelopment Commission. The work entails of replacing a pipe in one of the wetland culverts.

RDC member and Town Council President Greg Stinson said the Council will be taking applications through Dec. 28 for commission appointments, something any RDC member wanting to be reappointed would want to remember.

“These are one-year appointments so we want to know who is interested and who isn’t,” he said.



Posted 11/27/2015




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