Hobart panel paying for resident's well repair

2013-09-21T17:00:00Z 2013-09-21T21:09:08Z Hobart panel paying for resident's well repairDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Robert Berndt will be getting well repairs at his house in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard courtesy of the city.

The Hobart Board of Works on Wednesday awarded a $2,590 contract to Rippe Well Services of Valparaiso.

The city received only one other bid, $2,774, from Sheehy Well and Pump of Cedar Lake.

Work will include repairs to the well to allow running water to the house, city officials said.

City Attorney Anthony DeBonis  at a meeting last month said the the city would pay for the approximately $3,000 in repairs to Berndt's well.

City officials have admitted they may have inadvertently damaged the well during cleanup of the property, DeBonis said.

The board late last year had declared Berndt's debris-littered house uninhabitable.

The board decided last month that Berndt and his family had made so much progress that the issue would be removed from future agendas.

Berndt, who thanked the city for paying for his well, said once the house can be occupied again it will be his son-in-law, Jim Selby, and his daughter, Lisa Selby, who will be living there.

Jim Selby, who has done most of the cleanup work, said he hopes the house may soon be move-in ready.

Installation of a furnace and repairs to the well are required before the house can be moved into, officials said.

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