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Valpo’s 2013 stormwater plans set

Updated: December 27, 2012 6:10AM



VALPARAISO — The remaining seven of the Super 17 city storm water projects are set for next year, and the City Council will hear about them on Monday.

They’re part of a list of nine storm water projects will be included in the presentation of the 2013 stormwater program budget.

They will total $4.845 million and use up the remaining $3.32 million of the $6.6 million bond the city passed in 2011 to pay for the improvements.

The Super 17 were the projects selected out of 65 possible improvements in 2009, and most were identified as priorities after the storm of September 2008.

The biggest project is Phase A of the Chatauqua Park sewer separation. ”This was the number one priority in the master plan,” City Engineer Tim Burkman said when he presented the budget to the Utility Board on Nov. 13.

It took two years to design the work for the area between Yellowstone Road and Campbell Street, and it includes acquiring land easements and a detention basin east of St. Paul’s School on Harrison Boulevard.

Phase A will cost an estimated $4.12 million and separate sewage and storm sewers in the northern parts of the Chatauqua area. The remaining $800,000 of the cost will come from the monthly $11 fee on water bills.

Phase B will cost an estimated $1.679 million and will probably be done in 2014.

The other scheduled projects are:

Village Station railroad culvert replacement: Replacing a collapsing culvert under the tracks near the Chicago Dash station, alleviating flooding to the north, $300,000.

Thorgren detention basin public access improvements: Adding a gazebo, educational plaques and other amenities to the detention pond restructured to preserve the environment, costing the city $40,000 of an $80,000 project funded partially by grants.

Harrington/Willows storm sewer: A new sewer line connecting a basin east of the commercial properties across Roosevelt Road from the Thorgren basin, $130,000.

Improving land around Bicentennial Park to help with drainage as the parks department improves the park, $75,000.

Installation of a rain garden near Central Elementary School to slow drainage and improve water quality, $20,000 to match a $20,000 Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant.

Neighborhood rain garden program: Setting up residential rain gardens in the same manner the city gives out rain barrels, starting along the east branch of Beauty Creek and earmarking $10,000 to supplement a five-year Section 319 grant applied for.

Normal storm sewer and drainage creek maintenance, $150,000.

The council members don’t vote on the budget, but they can weigh in on the projects planned for their wards.

The Utility Board will vote on the budget in December.



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