Valpo ready for future development at Five Points
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent November 8, 2012 3:30PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:24AM
VALPARAISO — To prepare for future development at the Five Points intersection on the city’s north side, unused engineering money will go to larger storm sewer pipes.
The city’s Board of Works on Thursday approved moving $5,946 in the engineering budget for the roundabout at Vale Park Road, Roosevelt Road and Calumet Avenue.
City Engineer Tim Burkman said a 30-inch main will go east on Vale Park for future development there and a 36-inch main would go west for development in the Cumberland Crossing and Urschel properties.
“It just gives us options rather than tearing up the roundabout (in the future),” Burkman said.
The board also approved an increase for the Vale Park Pathway engineering costs from $148,472 to $207,727 for changes in the path, mostly around Valparaiso High School. The path will connect the west side subdivisions to the walking and biking path on Vale Park and thus the rest of the city.
The project will be funded 80 percent by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, and the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission will pay the remaining 20 percent.
Residents at Wednesday’s Redevelopment Commission meeting said they didn’t believe the city took enough input from them and that the project is too close to their homes.
The board also started some holiday shopping for 2013.
Valparaiso is accepting bids for Department of Public Works materials and work for 2013, with bids due at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 and contracts awarded Dec. 27. The bidding covers 25 items, ranging from concrete and asphalt to fuel and equipment rental rates.
Although the city had in recent years expected higher costs for petroleum-based product like asphalt and fuel, Director of Public Works Matt Evans declined to make any predictions on whether costs would increase or decrease for 2013.
The city will publish lists of the materials it is seeking in local newspapers on Nov. 15 and Dec. 3.
The city is also accepting bids for a new ambulance to replace the 11-year-old vehicle that’s the oldest in its fleet.
The city will retain the old one as backup for the 9-year-old, 5-year-old and new ambulances, but continual use has become problematic, City Attorney David Hollenbeck said.