Valpo plans $4.4M stormwater budget in 2014

2013-11-14T00:00:00Z Valpo plans $4.4M stormwater budget in 2014By Phil Wieland, (219) 548-4352
November 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | The city plans to spend about $4.4 million for stormwater work in 2014 headed by the second phase of the Chautauqua Park project estimated to cost $1.5 million.

City Engineering Director Tim Burkman outlined the budget for the city's Utilities Board on Tuesday. The first phase of the Chautauqua Park flood relief project was just completed at a cost of just under $3 million and involved storm sewer installation and a detention pond for the northern half of the neighborhood.

The second phase, to begin in the summer, will include more storm sewers and a second detention pond to extend the project to the southern part of the residential area bounded by Campbell Street, Lincolnway, Yellowstone Road and the Canadian National railroad tracks.

An area long plagued with street flooding and sewer backups into basements, Chautauqua Park was the top-ranked project on the so-called "Super 17" list of stormwater projects developed after the September 2008 rain storms. Burkman said the city is about 47 percent done with the 17 projects in the first two years and will be 59 percent complete by the end of 2014.

Other stormwater projects planned for 2014 are:

  • Stanley Street storm sewer connecting to the new Valparaiso Street trunk line west to Franklin Street, $160,000.
  • Kenwood Avenue storm sewer connecting to the new Chautauqua Park trunk line, $200,000.
  • Repair or replace a deteriorating metal culvert on the Johnson Ditch on County Road 500 North east of Memorial Drive, $200,000.
  • Jefferson Park stormwater detention pond to alleviate flooding problems in the adjacent residential area as part of the Valplayso playground renovation, $125,000.

The budget also includes $324,547 to reimburse the city's Redevelopment Commission for the cost of engineering and construction of the culvert on Burlington Beach Road east of Silhavy Road earlier this year. The culvert had to be replaced sooner than planned to enable the road to serve as a detour during construction of the five-points roundabout.

The city also plans to install a rain garden at Central Elementary School to improve water quality, conduct research and serve as an education element for the students. The city received a Lake Michigan Coastal Management grant to pay half the $42,000 cost. A neighborhood rain garden program similar to the rain barrel program is budgeted for $10,000.

The budget goes to the city council for review before coming back to the utilities board for final approval.

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