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Porter TIF board going out to bid for new Public Works building

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The Porter Redevelopment Commission authorized Building Commissioner Michael Barry to go out for bids for the Town’s new Public Works building.

Barry will go out to bid Friday and require bids be due before the March RDC meeting. If things go as planned, Barry said construction could start as early as April and conclude this fall.

The new metal pole-style building will sit behind the Fire Department, have eight bays (four on either side), and be 80 feet deep as opposed to the current facility’s 60-foot depth. It will also have 16-foot high ceilings, and an office with a small waiting area.

Having the new buildings means the Fire Department gets more space and Public Works finally has enough room to store its vehicles inside, Barry said. More storage will also ensure the yard between the Fire Department and Public Works buildings and Yost Elementary School stays clean and orderly, Barry and Public Works Superintendent Sarah Olson said.

Barry is opting not to do any landscaping at the new building at this time, since it will sit behind another building, but the area between the buildings and the yard at Yost will be improved with a paved entrance for trucks and ditch cleaning, he said.

The construction budget for the project is approximately $1.1 million, to be funded by a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bond.

In other business, the RDC voted to designate Secretary Erik Wagner to run the March meeting, since President Brian Finley and Vice-president Tara Duffie will both be absent.


Posted 2/26/2020




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