Southmoor Park drainage problems move closer to fix
BY KAREN CAFFARINI Post-Tribune correspondent September 3, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:29AM
MERRILLVILLE — The Stormwater Management Board Tuesday took another step toward alleviating drainage problems in the Southmoor Park subdivision, but the project still has no firm starting date.
Stormwater Utility Executive Director Matt Lake said he isn’t sure when work would begin, pointing out plans must be drawn first, after which the project would go through a bidding process.
The board voted 2-0 to pay Robinson Engineering $23,190 to prepare plans for the project and to put it out for bids.
The board previously paid Robinson $11,630 to do a topographical survey of the subdivision, located north of U.S. 30 and west of Merrillville Road, as a first step in the process.
Lake has said the subdivision, built before Merrillville became a town 42 years ago, has two water-related problems. One is that a resident’s septic system keeps filling with groundwater, causing problems for neighbors. Also, the subdivision itself has used open ditches for drainage, and many of those have been filled in.
The town will take care of the open ditches, taking a more formalized approach with all the easements in the subdivision, Lake said. He said they will look at drainage for the whole subdivision.
The best solution for the resident with the septic problem would be for the Merrillville Conservancy District to extend its sanitary line to his house and for the resident to tie into the line at his cost, Lake said.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, the town council’s liaison to the Stormwater Board, had suggested at a previous meeting that the board move quickly on the contract, saying he’s heard about this problem for a year and a half.
In other matters, the board agreed to pay The Skillman Corp. on a monthly basis, up to a total of $45,000, for its work overseeing construction on the new Stormwater Resource Center. Originally, the company was to receive $104,000.
The board also agreed to pay Gough Inc. $207,034.07 for the third installment on the Meadowdale storm sewer project, and Dyer Construction $19,898 for its seventh installment on the Taft Street drainage project.
The board will pay $4,661.57 to R.A. Oros Inc for seven truckloads of riprap to be used along Kaiser Ditch, as its portion of a cost-sharing project with the Lake County Surveyor. Lake said the stone will be placed primarily between U.S. 30 and 73rd Avenue.
Under the agreement, the county provides the labor and the town provides the materials, Lake said.