By KEVIN NEVERS
The Town of Chestertonís biggest paving project of the summer has finally
started: the re-surfacing of 23rd Street between Wood Street and Washington
At the Town Councilís meeting Monday
night, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the project--a
joint Chesterton/Town of Porter effort--should be completed on Wednesday,
weather permitting, and all paving work for the season done by Thursday.
Schnadenberg is hopeful that, with the paving done, the Street Department
can pursue a few more feet of sidewalk replacement before itís time to start
thinking about leaf season.
In other business, members voted 5-0 to schedule a public hearing for
Monday, Sept. 23, on Shawn Woodardís petition for the vacation of a platted
but unimproved 16-foot alley immediately to the south of his lot at the
southeast corner of the intersection of West Porter Ave. and 15th Street.
Woodard is planning to build a home on the lot and he told members that the
extra eight feet of land--should the council agree to vacate the alley and
split it down the middle with the neighbor to his south--would give him more
room to play with rear-yard setbacks.
Urschel Laboratories Inc.
Meanwhile, Interim Building Commissioner Mike Orlich announced that, earlier
in the day, the Building Department formally issued Urschel Laboratories
Inc. a building permit for its new manufacturing facility and corporate
headquarters at Coffee Creek Center.
By the time the council opened its meeting, at 7 p.m., concrete had already
been poured at the site, Orlich said.
Parking at KFC
The council also heard from Paul Tharp, on a handicapped parking issue at
the KFC on Indian Boundary Road.
Five times so far this year, Tharp told members, he has parked in one of the
two handicapped spaces in front of the KFC, only to find that the wheelchair
ramp in between them was being used as a non-handicapped parking space by
some other customer, making it impossible for anyone in a wheelchair to
access the restaurant.
Tharp said that the wheelchair ramp is not properly designated as such, that
a simple paint job would be enough to make it obviously part of the
handicapped parking facility, but that Carlisle Restaurants Inc. of
Portage--to whom heís
complained--has done nothing to solve the problem.
Orlich promised Tharp that he would send the code enforcement officer to KFC
to inspect the handicapped parking facility.