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Porter RDC learns Triangle lift station upgrades to begin

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Construction is slated to begin next week on an upgrade of the Triangle lift station, said Porter director of development Mike Barry.

He told the townís Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday that some of the work on the $246,733 project can begin, but contractor Woodruff & Sons will have to wait for a thaw for additional work to take place.

The Triangle lift station is located in the Dunes Forest area and serves the Waverly Road corridor.

The upgrade is part of an agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management entered into by a previous Town Council that committed to correct sewage overflows into receiving waters.

The orderís original compliance deadline was extended due to the volume of work needed.

The agreed projects are being funded with a $4 million revenue bond issue sold by the RDC and a $1 million bond issue sold by the Town Council.

Porter last year built a new Porter Avenue lift station and trunk line to the Chesterton treatment plant, earlier re-lined the downtown sewage-collection system to eliminate leaks, and made other upgrades mandated under the order.

Barry also won approval Tuesday from RDC members for a sixth change-order related to the Porter lift station built by Grimmer Construction for a base bid of $1,361,093. The change-order adds $24,785 for mostly additional concrete needed to install handicapped-accessible intersection ramps and alley aprons in the construction area.

Overall, said Barry, the lift station is about $1,000 under budget.

RDC member Joe Simanski noted project completion was due September of 2013. Warren Thiede of project engineer Haas & Associates said an extension will be sought.

RDC attorney Gregg Sobkowski said the Field condemnation finally has been dismissed with acquisition completed of a needed parcel at Howe Road for the Brickyard Trailís hike/bike crossing over U.S. 20. When weather allows in the spring, the entrances to the overhead bridge access points can be completed after months of delay.

The RDC entered into 2014 contracts by 5-0 votes with consultant SEH for engineering, planning and economic development, and with Global Land Surveying and Engineering for those services on an as-needed basis.

Elected for 2014 RDC officers were Jeannine Virtue as president, Erik Wagner as vice-president, Joe Simanski as secretary and deputy Porter clerk-treasurer Karen Spanier as financial/recording secretary. Rob Pomeroy was welcomed as a new member of the RDC.

Pomeroy, Virtue and RDC member Greg Stinson also serve on the Porter Town Council.

Posted 1/29/2014