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Posted 6/1/2017

Release no. 17-004


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Vanessa Villarreal

May 15, 2017 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), and Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a water and sewer main improvement project in Hobart, Ind.

The project, along portions of 60th Avenue and County Line Road, included installing about 750 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines, and 2,725 linear feet of water main. Also, a new sanitary sewer system replaced a privately-owned septic systems for 50 residents, and waterline improvement on County Line Road extended the water main system to areas that were dependent on private wells. In addition, other parts of the system, including manholes, gate valves, and fire hydrant assemblies were inspected and replaced as needed.

“Infrastructure improvement projects are the result of partnerships among federal, regional and local agencies,” said Col. Christopher Drew, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. “It is great to be able to complete projects like these that help improve the quality of life for the residents of the area.”

The project was authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act 1992 which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to provide planning, design, and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure projects. Projects under this authority are cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal sponsor is the City of Hobart Sanitary District.

“I want to thank the Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Peter Visclosky for helping the City of Hobart bring the benefits of clean, fresh water and sanitary service to the people in this area,” said Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor. “In established neighborhoods it is difficult to bring in these kinds of services when they are not already in place. By providing the funding for water quality projects such as this we can insure the future health and safety for these residents as well as protecting the water quality in sensitive environments. Hobart has a long history in the region and with the help of the Army Corps and Congressman Visclosky we can insure an equally long future.”

The construction contract was awarded to LGS Plumbing, Inc. of Crown Point, Ind., on Sept. 30, 2015, for $726,229.83. Field construction work started in April 2016.

“I deeply appreciate the dedicated work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Hobart, including Mayor Brian Snedecor and the City Council, for collaborating together to support this investment in our region’s water infrastructure. Because of their commitment to the Northwest Indiana community, the health, safety, and the quality of place for all residents has been improved,” Rep. Pete Visclosky said.