Crown Point making emergency repairs to lift station
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent April 2, 2013 12:18PM
Updated: April 2, 2013 1:09PM
CROWN POINT — Emergency repairs are under way on the sewage lift station in Fashion Terrace.
On Marh 26, the Board of Public Works and Safety declared the situation at the lift station an emergency, allowing city engineer Tris Miles to continue working with a contracting firm to fix the problems without seeking prior board approval.
Miles said eight days prior a large fitting in the lift station broke requiring immediate repairs. He likened the fitting to a piping elbow. Miles said the city was able to get Hasse Construction Co. in Hammond out to the site the day the leak was reported and the company has been working there since.
“It turns out there were quite a few pipes in the lift station that had to be repaired,” Miles said.
Mayor David Uran said the repairs were not the result of a specific problem but more wear and tear on the equipment.
When the lift station was installed innovative technology was used for the material of some of the piping, Miles said.
“It just didn’t last,” he said.
Repairs are expected to range between $20,000 and $40,000 depending on how many parts are needed. Miles said he is in the process of investigating whether the city will be able to use state revolving loan funds to pay for a portion or all of the work.