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
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.
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.
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
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.