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Drainage board tables LEL request for ponds

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Lake Erie Land Company proposed two detention pond basins near the proposed 1,200 ft. extension of Gateway Blvd. at Tuesday’s Porter County Drainage Board meeting.

The board asked the engineering firm Larson-Fisher Associates representing LEL to come up with new plans next month for one of the basins because it was encroaching on the drainage easement for Johnson Ditch which flows into Coffee Creek.

The extension will be on the northeast corner of the Toll Road entrance onto Ind. 49 which is in the town of Chesterton. Johnson Ditch is a regulated drain under the jurisdiction of the County.

The basins would be located south of the road extension on the west side of the ditch.

County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke said the County would need to have access to the easement in the case of a severe flood.

“There will need to be some separation,” he said.

Drainage board member Harvey Nix raised a concern about where fill would be put on the easement. The matter will be discussed at the board’s April 8 meeting.

LEL would need approval from the drainage board to discharge into the ditch and for any construction in the easement, Breitzke said. The development plans themselves for the road extension would be subject to review by the Town of Chesterton.

LEL is on the agenda for Thursday’s Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission regarding the extension into Coffee Creek Center which will be the site for the new Urschel Laboratories plant.

Construction for a metal arch bridge over Johnson Ditch and Coffee Creek was presented to the Drainage Board earlier this year, at which time a permit was granted.






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