Non-apocalyptic movie to tape Saturday at Gary’s City Methodist
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent January 23, 2013 2:22PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:44PM
GARY — A group of special operations military-like forces will storm the dilapidated City Methodist Church Saturday, with assault rifles and other small arms strapped across shoulders and belts.
The small invasion will take place thanks to the Board of Public Works and Safety, which, on Wednesday, approved the taping of “Black: The Web Series,” a serial production for the YouTube Internet channel.
The board also approved a rare savings on a significant project, the $5.5 million East Ridge Road improvement project.
“Black” will be a far cry from the usual end-of-the-world fare filmed at the former church, prompting board president Delvert Cole to ask, “It’s not apocalyptic, is it?”
It was not much comfort to audience members, who railed against zombies, soldiers and other violent types.
“But, at least the human race is not in danger in this one,” said resident Bill Kosarch.
Gary will get back just over $18,000 of a $91,197 credit from contractors on the mostly federally funded road work around Ridge Road and Connecticut Street. T
o get the help, the city had to front 20 percent of the $5.5 million project, with the federal government providing the rest.
Earlier change orders increased the cost of the work up to $5.7 million.
The $91,197 came from changes in pipe sizes, aggregate or paving material, burrowing equipment underground, instead of tearing up pavement to install sewer pipes and other lines, and other savings.
Just as it had to pay 20 percent to get the federal help, the city also enjoys any savings.
The board also agreed to hire two additional people for information technology work around the city. Antoine Nicholson will make $48,000 working on an “as needed” basis on voice over Internet protocol technology, with the bulk of the work being done up front.
Lacie Denwood will earn $16,480, or about $8 an hour as a full-time information technology employee.
Finally, the board extended its contracts with Auto Spa of Northwest Indiana to provide car washes to city vehicles through the spring and with Nestle to continue providing bottled water and coffee service in city buildings.