Lake drainage contracts are now bonded

2012-10-20T18:30:00Z Lake drainage contracts are now bondedBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
October 20, 2012 6:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials have financial guarantees from all contractors currently working flood control projects, as required by state law, a county attorney said.

Eric Krieg, a Republican candidate for county surveyor, complained last month the county had failed to ensure contractors were properly bonded. His opponent, County Surveyor George Van Til, said this week he relies upon county attorneys to ensure such paperwork is in order.

Lake County Attorney John Dull said this week he investigated Krieg's complaint and found some cases in which the law concerning performance bonds wasn't followed. But now county officials are holding performance bonds from six contractors doing drainage improvements on 11 waterways in Calumet Township, Hobart, Munster and rural south county, Dull said.

Dull also said he has determined Chem Check, a Gary-based contractor, has corrected deficiencies on a previous drainage project at the Brown Levee. Dull said Chem Check can now be an eligible bidder for future work.

The county drainage board denied Chem Check a contract earlier this year — although the company was the low bidder — for alleged unsatisfactory work at the Brown Levee.

Dull said Chem Check has now corrected the problem by cutting stumps in the area lower to the ground.

Joe Jargella, owner of Chem Check, said Friday he was unable to cut the stumps lower earlier in the year because of high water. He complained that other drainage contractors could be similarly penalized for failing to stop tree growth on their projects.

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