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Posted 9/18/2012

Release no. 091812-01


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Vanessa Villarreal
312-846-5331
vanessa.villarreal@usace.army.mil

On Sept. 18, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), and officials from Lake County, Ind., held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for Hobart’s Ash Street drainage improvement project.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is pleased to be a part of a team working to improve drainage that will reduce the occurrence of flooding during rain events," District Engineer Col. Frederic Drummond Jr. said. "The new sanitary line will allow dozens of homes in the area to end the use of septic sewer systems."

The project will extend the Hobart sanitary sewer system in the Hobart Farms subdivision in Hobart, Ind. Sanitary sewer system improvements will end septic sewer system use in the area and alleviate the reoccurring cases of contaminated drinking water and basement flooding for several dozen households.

"The South Ash Street Sanitary Sewer Project is a great example of all levels of Government working together to complete an important infrastructure project that otherwise may have been significantly more challenging to complete," Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor said. "Residents within the area of South Ash Street have dealt with septic issues compounded by poor drainage for some time now and thankfully these residents will now be able to benefit from city sanitary services contributing to a healthier living environment."

"In this day of budget constraints and shrinking revenues a project like this is difficult for any municipal agency to undertake," Sanitary District President Bob Fulton said. "We in the Hobart Sanitary District truly appreciate that the Army Corps of Engineers made it possible for us to bring this essential service to the people of Ash Street. Without the ACOE's participation I am certain that it would be a very long time until the Hobart Sanitary District could find the resources to fund this project. Because of the ACOE and their efforts we at the HSD can look forward to the day when the people can join our customer community. I would like to join with the people of Ash Street in thanking the Army Corps of Engineers and their staff."

"I am thankful for the efforts of the Mayor Snedecor and the City of Hobart as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts to bring this project to fruition," Rep. Peter Visclosky said. "The installation of these sewer improvements will create good-paying jobs for Northwest Indiana workers and ultimately add to the quality of life of all Hobart residents. I look forward to working with the City of Hobart as we continue to invest in its infrastructure and look for new ways to better the lives of its residents."

On July 26, 2012, a construction contract was awarded to Olthoff Inc. of Chicago Heights, Ill., for $359,678. Construction activities will begin in October 2012. The local sponsor is the city of Hobart and the Hobart Sanitary District.