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1100N sidewalk likely to be built in 2016-17

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The Town of Chesterton has, right in its hot little pocket, a $953,559 commitment from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for the construction of Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail, which will extend the sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from the Rosehill Estates subdivision to Fifth Street.

What the town does not yet have is a design for the sidewalk.

Nor does it have the handful of permits which it will need from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for traversing a designated wetland.

So Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, is asking folks to be patient. The sidewalk will be built but not this year. And probably not next year either.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell’s best guess: 2016-17.

“I know everybody would like it tomorrow,” O’Dell said. “We would too. We want to get it done as soon as we can.”

As O’Dell noted, the project would barely be a glint in the council’s eye were it not for the federal funding committed to the project by NIRPC.

Refuse and Recycling

Rate Hearing Scheduled

In other business, members voted 5-0 to schedule a public hearing at its Nov. 10 meeting on an ordinance which will codify the town’s next three-year contract with Republic Services, doing business in Chesterton as Able Disposal.

The proposed new contract looks like this:

--In 2015, $14.64 per household per month, no change from the 2014 rate.

--In 2016, $15.00 per household per month, an increase of 2.5 percent.

--In 2017, $15.38 per household per month, an increase of 2.5 percent.

Those rates are exclusive of the $1 per household per month fee charged by the town for the collection and disposal of leaves and brush. Thus, in 2015, a household will be paying $15.64 per month for refuse and recycling collection and brush and leaf collection; $16.00 in 2016; and $16.38 in 2017.




Posted 9/13/2014




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