Utility department owes nothing to Portage's Redevelopment Commission

2013-07-20T23:30:00Z Utility department owes nothing to Portage's Redevelopment CommissionJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | When the city's Redevelopment Commission footed the bill for the removal of a large pile of concrete near Crisman Pond, it figured the Utility Services Department owed them something.

The pile of concrete and miscellaneous debris was created with the Utility Service Department-sponsored Stone Avenue project. The area around the drainage pond had been a dumping area for the project.

Then, the city's Redevelopment Commission embarked on a project to build a new street department facility on the site of the present facility on Hamstrom Road. Plans called for crushing the concrete pile and hauling it to the street department site to be used as a base for a large equipment storage area.

The Redevelopment Commission then asked the Utility Services Board to reimburse the cost of removing the debris.

However, Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe told the Utility Services Board last week, the Utility Board did the Redevelopment Commission a favor and actually saved it money.

According to a report from Skillman Corp. of Merrillville, the construction management firm overseeing the street department construction, had the Redevelopment Commission had to pay for the aggregate needed at the street department facility, it would have cost about $125,000.

The cost cost for crushing and removing the concrete pile was about $60,000 and the cost to build a road to the pile and to clean up the rest of the area was another $26,000, totaling less than the cost of new aggregate.

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