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23rd Street between Wood and Washington now being paved

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The Town of Chestertonís biggest paving project of the summer has finally started: the re-surfacing of 23rd Street between Wood Street and Washington Ave.

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.

Vacation Petition

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.


Posted 8/27/2013