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Crown Point City Hall

CROWN POINT — The Board of Works recently approved an interlocal agreement with the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission for a stormwater improvement project in Sauerman Woods Park.

The agreement will allow engineers to draw and design a plan to fix drainage in the area.

"This is a good plan," Mayor David Uran said. "Historically we've had some issues with that area."

Sauerman Woods Park is about one mile east of downtown Crown Point. It is generally bounded by 113th Avenue and South Street to the north, U.S. 231 to the northeast, the Briarwood subdivision to the south and west and the Briar Estates subdivision to the east.

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The park is across from a tributary of Beaver Dam Creek that drains north along the Crown Point Sportsplex to where it joins Beaver Dam Ditch just north of Summit Street. 

The drainage study by American Structurepoint Engineering is expected to take five months. Construction plans and specifications will be prepared for the final recommended alternatives from the study. 

The $250,000 study is being funded by $200,000 from the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and $50,000 from the city.

Once the study is complete the city can apply to the commission for construction funding. 

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.