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Posted 4/25/2016

Release no. 16-004


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Vanessa Villarreal
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Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), and Lake County officials held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of a water and sewer main improvement project in Hobart, Ind.

The project, along portions of 60th Avenue and County Line Road, will involve installing about 750 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines, and 2,725 linear feet of water main. In all, a new sanitary sewer system will replace privately-owned septic systems for 50 residents, and waterline improvement on County Line Road will extend the water main system to areas that are dependent on private wells that have no guarantee of a reliable source of safe, clean water. In addition, other parts of the system, including manholes, gate valves, and fire hydrant assemblies will be inspected and replaced as needed.

“Projects of this nature are the result of partnerships among federal, regional and local agencies,” said Col. Christopher Drew, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. “We are looking forward to working with our partner, the City of Hobart Sanitary District, on this project to improve area infrastructure.”

The project is authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 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.

“As Mayor of the City of Hobart, I am always excited when we have the opportunity to bring the benefits of infrastructure improvements to people in our city,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said. “Lake George is the pride of Hobart and we have a strong desire to protect our water resources. The ability for the City of Hobart to take advantage of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 219 Clean Water funds helps us accomplish this mission. It has been an important tool for the city in eliminating failing septic systems as well as addressing the issues of inadequate fresh water supply to homes.”

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

“I commend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and all the officials of the City of Hobart, including Mayor Snedecor and the City Council, for their dedication to extending and improving Hobart’s sewer and water infrastructure,” Rep. Peter Visclosky said. “Their commitment to invest in our economic future will provide countless benefits to current and future residents and businesses.”