County surveyor recommends making pond work a priority
By Kitty Conley email@example.com June 11, 2013 11:56AM
Crown Point plans to create a pond with recreational amenities on Broadway. | Photo provided
Updated: June 11, 2013 1:13PM
CROWN POINT — On June 3 the city’s Storm Water Advisory Board was visited by Lake County Surveyor George VanTil.
His department is in charge of stormwater drainage for all of Lake County, responsible for maintaining all the regulated drains in the County.
Van Til was at the meeting to talk about the project planned for the northwest corner of 101st Avenue and Broadway.
At the city meeting, VanTil was strongly suggesting that this project be designated as a priority project, that way they may have a greater chance of obtaining funding from the commission that oversees the Little Calumet River basin.
City Engineer Tris Miles said that the Little Cal people had talked about getting funding back for local projects.
The city is looking at creating a 17.75 acre pond near the intersection of 101st and Broadway. There is a contract in place between the city and Indiana Department of Transportation with an 80 percent pay by INDOT and 20 percent pay by the city to better move water from one side of Broadway to the other. So far that work is figured at about $320,000.
On June 6 VanTil said that the more money that is found the deeper the pond can be designed and the better storm control will be provided, not just to the city of Crown Point but also all the way to the Little Calumet River basin.
“Part of the problem in this area is because 93rd Avenue is higher than 101st Avenue along Broadway,” VanTil said.
That sends the storm water that currently floods the houses and businesses north of 93rd Avenue in Merrillville across the street and into drainage on the Purdue University property, and into lateral number 2 of the Beaver Dam Ditch and across Main Street into the Main Beaver Dam Ditch that crosses back east and into the Deep River, which then flows through Hobart on its way to Lake Michigan.
“We love to do multi-features. This is the kind of thing we look for,” Van Til said of the project under consideration.
He added, “This morning (June 6) the Lake County Council gave us an indication at its study session that ... we will be able to tell soon how much we are able to put in this (pond in Crown Point).”
The conceptual design is completed. Right now the project is looking at funding from multiple sources. The involved parties are the city, the county drainage, the Little Cal Basin, INDOT and federal government.
“Our mission is the (Beaver Dam) ditch itself, which goes diagonally through the property,” VanTil said. Since this is a multi-year project money can be allocated in different years from Van Til’s budget.
“This is good for storm water drainage but also good for the quality of life. It enhances the value of the whole city, when it is built as a passive park,” Van Til said.