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Winfield sewer project estimated at $6 million

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Winfield's Doubletree Lake Estates, also known as Doubletree East.

WINFIELD — Major sewer work planned for the town's Doubletree East subdivision has an estimated total project cost of around $6 million, officials said.

Town Council President Gerald Stiener provided an update to the project during a recent council meeting. He said engineering for the project is 95 to 98 percent done and bids for the work are anticipated to go out in September. 

Once a contractor is chosen, the town will sit down with the firm and talk about logistics and public safety in the subdivision during the project. 

Stiener said about 9,000 lineal feet of sanitary sewer will be replaced. A line that runs underneath the lake will also be replaced, as well as lift stations.

Stiener said the town is looking into ways to finance the project. 

Plans for the project began last year after a home being built there was hooked up to a sewer line that led to raw sewage coming out of the ground. The town was told similar incidents happened in other locations in the subdivision. The town then hired a company to video inspect the entire subdivision where the sewer lines to be replaced were discovered to be in a state of disrepair. 

As previously reported in The Times, officials said Doubletree East had been built as a private subdivision through the county and no as-built plans were given to the town, which existed but had no council or staff. The sanitary sewer treatment plant, which the town eventually purchased, had been privately operated as well. 

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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.

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