Lowell adds engineering firm; Powell Ditch project reviewed

2013-01-28T21:28:00Z 2013-01-28T23:27:08Z Lowell adds engineering firm; Powell Ditch project reviewedMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 28, 2013 9:28 pm  • 

LOWELL | With the division of engineering services clarified, the Town Council approved an agreement with SEH of Indiana Monday to provide services for the year.

Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook said Commonwealth, the town's longtime engineering firm of record, will continue on those projects already begun and will handle all the wastewater treatment plant needs.

"SEH will pick up the rest," he said.

Shook said he met with Craig Hendrix, senior project manager with SEH, last week and updated him on the Powell Ditch project as well as other matters.

The town has been working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to relieve flooding for five homes on the town's south central side.

According to the agreement, SEH will be paid an hourly rate based on the services rendered in a number of categories, ranging from $189 an hour for a project manager to a clerical rate at $55 an hour.

Hendrix proposed in a letter accompanying the agreement that Shook direct SEH.

The wastewater treatment plant expansion project is expected to be near completion at February's end.

The council on Monday approved pay requests from Commonwealth and the contractor, Thienemann Construction. A Commonwealth $20,731 claim for preliminary engineering done for the curb and sidewalk grant was approved for submission to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

In another matter, the council heard a presentation by Cal Bellamy on the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission at the request of Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2nd.

Council President Edgar Corns, R-5, said the council will consider the matter.

Also, Ron Brown of Cedar Creek Township talked to the council about his interest and that of others in working with the town to establish biker/jogger trails in and outside the town limits that would eventually connect to the biker trail network in Lake County.

Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, will work with Brown and keep the council updated.

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