Crown Point library project moves forward with land transfers
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent July 4, 2011 10:32PM
Updated: October 30, 2011 1:22AM
CROWN POINT — The transfer of deeds needed between the city, Homann Karate Do and the Crown Point Public Library to move the library project forward is in the works.
Since Homann Karate Do has taken possession of its new 6,000-square feet building at the northwest corner of the sports complex on North Street it is now time for the city to take possession of the business’ former site, said Mayor David Uran.
The Board of Public Works and Safety authorized city attorney David Nicholls to prepare the documents necessary to transfer the deeds to the properties between the city and the business. Nichols will also prepare the documents to then transfer the former karate do at 120 N. Main St. from the city to the library.
“Upon completion we will have the library team execute the demolition of the building at their cost,” Uran said. The site will be opened up for a green space buffer at the new library.
The land swap was part of a deal brokered in March between the city and owners of Homann to facilitate the library project. The city bought the Homann property on North Main Street with $450,000 in bond funds dedicated to library improvements.
Homann in turn used the money to construct the new building and become the first tenant of the sports complex.
Board of Works members also awarded a contract for drainage work at the city municipal parking lot that will be adjacent to the new library building.
B&D Sewer of Schererville presented the low bid for the work at $15,150 after officials questioned whether or not the bid was complete since it was significantly lower than the other two prices submitted. Ziese & Sons Excavating Inc. of Crown Point submitted a bid of $21,761 and Austgen Equipment Inc. of Lowell bid $22,273.
“I’m looking at three bids. (The other two) are more lengthy than B&D … is it the same proposal?” Nicholls asked.
City Engineer Tris Miles said the three bids have been reviewed and are equal. He said the lower cost may be due to lower overhead. Mils said B&D has performed work for the city before.
“They’ve done a really nice job for us,” Mils said.