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Updates to sanitary sewers ongoing for city

Updated: January 15, 2013 12:32PM



CROWN POINT — The Board of Public Works and Safety approved three contracts Jan. 9 for work on the city’s sanitary sewer system to meet clean water mandates.

The first contract is with Commonwealth Engineering of Indianapolis for $20,834 and for $14,700 for engineering services. Those company will be paid by the hour. The contract amounts are the maximum they can be paid.

The board also approved contracts for work resulting from last year’s smoke testing in the sewers. Sewer lines will be lined to keep stormwater from leaching into the sanitary sewers. Culy Construction of Winchester, Ind. was awarded that contract for $515,170. Bids from six companies ranged from that figure to $1.3 million.

“Its not something everyone can do,” Miles said. “A man gets dressed up in protective clothing, goes down through the manholes and sprays the walls of the sewer with a spray on material that seals the lines.”

Other work will include the tearing up of sewer lines that were proved to be in need of replacement by the smoke testing. According to Miles three bids were received. The contract went to Grimmer Construction, Highland as the lowest qualified bidder at $580,094.

According to Miles, all of this work will cut down on the amount of stormwater that flows to the sanitary sewer plant.

The contracts will be paid by the sewer utility, which is funded by sewer service fees. All of the money authorized on these contracts has already been approved by the City Council.

On another matter, Miles reported that the work on the traffic light at 107th Avenue and Broadway is progressing.

“The signal being constructed should be operational within a month or two,” he said.



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