a glance to the east while traveling Ind. 49 just north of the Indiana Toll
Road will probably have made note of a big pile of dirt and a staging area
for lengths of stormwater pipe on the far side of Village Point, not far
from the Symphony of Chesterton.
That’s the work of
developer Tony Vendramini, Chesterton Interim Building Commissioner Mark
O’Dell told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
Vendramini is the
owner of three lots on 3.5 acres at the northeast corner of Village Point
and Gateway Blvd., which in November 2014 received both primary and
secondary plat approval from the Advisory Plan Commission for what the
Chesterton Tribune reported at the time as “a strip mall and two office
No building permits
have yet been sought for the project, pending completion of infrastructure,
O’Dell said, although he’s under the impression that the Serenity Salon &
Spa, currently doing business at 880E 1050N, will be re-locating there.
announced that he’s been informed by Indian Boundary Property Group LLC,
developer of the new strip mall immediately west of Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria,
that the Dollar Tree and O’Reilly Auto Parts, tenants of the building on the
east end of the property, could open their doors as soon as March.
O’Dell had no
information on possible tenants for the second building, on the west end of
In January the
Board of Zoning Appeals granted a variance allowing the Dollar Tree and
O’Reilly to erect a monument sign two feet taller than the maximum six feet
permitted by the Zoning Ordinance and 123 square feet larger in total
surface area than the maximum 170 square feet.
In other business,
members voted 4-0 to double this year, more or less, the $30,000 to $35,000
which Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg typically spends on sidewalk
replacement every year.
making the request for additional funding--which comes from the town’s
portion of the proceeds from the state tax on riverboat casinos--noted that
there are still 30 to 45 blocks of sidewalk in town with a “high” priority,
going back to the 1980s, when the Street Department began more aggressively
replacing cracked and buckled sidewalks.
“We do a few blocks
every year,” Schnadenberg said.
Department makes the annual expenditure go as far as it can, he added, by
removing the old sidewalk and disposing of it, before a contractor comes in
to form and pour.
he will begin preparing a prioritized list of sidewalks which he hopes to
replace this year.
East Porter Ave.
While he was at it,
Schnadenberg also sought, and was granted, authorization to hire a company
to inspect the East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand Creek, located east of the
Sand Creek Golf Course and near the town limit.
to know the bridge’s condition because--it turns out--the bridge isn’t in
Porter County Highway Department’s inventory, as he’d always assumed. It’s
not, because--it turns out--the county doesn’t assume responsibility for any
bridge with a span shorter than 20 feet.
And the East Porter
Ave. bridge over Sand Creek spans a distance a little over 19 feet. Which
puts it solidly in the Town of Chesterton’s inventory.
“I was surprised to
find out we’re responsible for it,” Schnadenberg told the council. “This is
new to me.”
Schnadenberg sought, and was granted, authorization to get quotes on a new
heavy-duty pickup truck, to replace a 13-year-old 2003 Chevy.
Schnadenberg said, he likes to replace vehicles in the fleet every eight
years or so. “But it doesn’t always work that way.”
figures the truck will cost around $36,000 and the Street Department will
acquire it under a lease-purchase agreement.
Hooked on Art
approved the request of Frontline Foundations Inc. to hold its annual Hooked
on Art festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Downtown.
Foundations is a substance abuse treatment program headquartered in
Chesterton and Hooked on Art is one of its main annual fundraisers.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann will review a proposed contract between the town and Frontline,
which must still secure the approval of the Park Board, as much of the event
will take place in Thomas Centennial park.