Gary gets some money back on Marquette Project
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent January 18, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: January 19, 2013 10:26PM
GARY — Residents got a mixed bag of bills and contracts at Thursday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, including more change orders on the extra-expense-ridden Marquette Park Lakefront East project.
The good news for the $28 million facelift of the crown jewel of Gary’s park system was a pair of refunds. LGS Plumbing credited the city $190,398, dropping its original contract amount from $346,856 to about $156,460.
Another contractor, E.C. Babilla, started with a $226,770 contract that bumped up to $279,815 after a $53,000 change order, but, on Thursday, the firm credited the city $5,000 to take its total to $274,815.
The rest of the requests, submitted by general contractor Advance/Skillman, raised the bill for residents. Gariup Construction, a Gary firm, got another increase, bumping up its bill for lagoon restoration by $149,827, from $694,600 to $844,427.
Gariup also added to another contract, originally $3.1 million, by adding a picnic shelter with foundation and doing water main work for an extra $578,728. The new running total for Gariup on that contract is $3,738,928.
Great Lakes Electrical Maintenance also received approval of a change order. GLEM was awarded an $808,140 contract for exterior electrical work and earlier added $187,583 in change orders, raising its running total to $995,723.
With the latest batch of change orders, GLEM picked up an additional $15,564 to relocate some waterproofing conduit and lighting protection, raising its billing to date to $1,011,287.
The board awarded another contract, $102,000 in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, to Valparaiso-based Amereco Engineering, a general contractor that will rehab six houses for Community Development. Amereco’s contract calls for fixing up foreclosed, abandoned and vacant houses in the Glen Park area as part of the much-anticipated University Park project.
A Wisconsin firm, J.B. Information Strategies, was awarded $21,000 to build the infrastructure for an electronic medical records system for the Gary Health Department. The contract calls for connecting tablet and desktop computers and other equipment to move medical records.
GEO A&L Construction, a local firm, was awarded an $89,421 contract to repair stairs and sidewalks at City Hall. GEO will work on the east, west and south entrances to the building, with work expected to be completed by May 1.
The board awarded an $8,665 contract to Hirenkamar Italia, a physician with Methodist Hospitals, to work in the Gary Health Department’s sexually transmitted diseases clinic. Italia will be scheduled to work at the clinic four hours a week for $41.66 an hour through 2013.