Valparaiso receives bids for Chautauqua Park storm water project
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent February 12, 2013 6:44PM
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:31AM
VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso City Utilities Board received 10 bids Tuesday for the Chautauqua Park storm water project.
The bids included a base amount, for a new regional storm water basin in an area that’s existing farmland, south of Harrison Boulevard and west of Yellowstone Road, said deputy engineer Adam McAlpine. An outlet pipe will extend to Beauty Creek, and a trunk line will run to the east under railroad tracks and into residential neighborhoods.
One alternate branches off to Bond, Grove and Ridgeland streets, a priority area for the project, McAlpine said, and a second alternate extends south from Yellowstone to George and Avondale streets.
Companies submitted bids for the base project, as well as the base project and each alternate separately, and the base plus both alternates.
An engineering estimate of the project was $2,074,747 for the base project; $3,650,844 for the base and first alternate; $2,584,455 for the base project and second alternate; and $4,160,552 for the base project and both alternates.
The bids ranged from a high of $8,143,917 for all of the work to a low of $2,878,788. The rest of the bids were within the range of the engineering estimate.
The board may select a construction company at its Feb. 26 meeting, after reviewing the bids.
Chautauqua Park was identified as a priority for the storm water project after the heavy rains and flooding in September 2008, McAlpine said. Depending on land acquisition after the contract is awarded, work could start in mid-April and continue for at least a year.
In other business, the board awarded a $50,000 contract to Giesler Electric to do repair work on wires zapped by lightning on Jan. 30, which knocked out three wells at the airport treatment plant. All but $1,000 of the work will be covered by insurance, said environmental compliance administrator Edward Pilarski.
The damage did not compromise the ability to provide water to the south pressure zone, as another well was used, Pilarski said.
The utility hasn’t been able to test if the motors in the wells were damaged because the wells have been without electricity. The work may expand to repairing or replacing the motors, which also would be covered by insurance, he said.