For residents, the fact sheet announces, the advantage will be “one-stop
shopping by grouping most municipal services in one centrally located
In particular, the facility will “accommodate an expanding Street Department
which has reached the limit of space needed for daily operation.” The old
Street Department headquarters at 609 Grant Ave. will not go to waste,
however. In that building the Sanitary Utility’s collections crew will set
In related business, members voted 4-0 to award the contract for the new
building to low bidder Bergland Construction of Chesterton for a contract
price of $1,900,250, which includes two alternate bids: a deduction of
$12,000 for the elimination from the specs of a center row of columns in the
main garage bay; and the addition of $4,250 for the installation of acoustic
batting in the office areas.
President Jeff Trout, R-2nd, was not in attendance.
The new building is being funded with a general obligation bond issue
somewhat under $2 million.
Meanwhile, work is proceeding on Phase I of the project: the construction by
The Ross Group of a street salt storage building on the property and a cold
storage building for vehicles and equipment not currently in seasonal use.
By votes of 4-0 members agreed to approve a change order for Phase I,
pending legal review, which would add $672 to the contract price $619,680,
for increasing the size of the footings; and to make a first payment to The
Ross Group of $9,885.70.
Phase I is being funded with Major Move moneys provided by the State of
The facility is being constructed on the old United Tractor property, which
the company closed in 1999. In 2005 the Utility purchased the site for
$375,000, with the idea of retrofitting it for municipal use. Last year,
though, it became apparent that renovation would be prohibitively expensive,
so the decision was made to raze it all and build from scratch.
Ind. 49 Utility
Meanwhile, Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, took a moment at the end of the
meet to re-assert the town’s interest in developing the so-called Ind. 49
corridor project, which would extend utilities as far south into Liberty
Township as U.S. Highway 6.
This, despite Porter hospital’s recent announcement that its new facility at
Ind. 49 and U.S. 6 will be flowing its wastewater through the Damon Run
Conservancy en route to the City of Portage treatment plant.
That, despite the Chesterton Utility’s courtship of Porter hospital for the
last couple of years.
“I still feel that it’s in the interest of the town to pursue this project,”
Darnell said. “For the future of Chesterton we will pursue it and continue
to seek funding for it.”
Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, for his part congratulated the Town of Porter
and the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce for again this year taking
the lead in arranging the fireworks extravaganza off the Indiana Dunes State
July 4 Parade?
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, on the other hand, volunteered to make himself
available for liaison should any community group wish to organize an
Independence Day parade next year. “Just a simple parade,” he said. “No
carnival. No fireworks. There’s nothing like standing on a sidewalk and
watching marching bands and fire trucks.”
The council would be happy to allow any group interested in pursuing a
parade to use the town hall’s meeting room.
Ton also expressed his condolences to Clerk-Treasurer Gayle Polakowski on
the death of her mother, Virginia Adams Maguire Bateman, who passed at the
age of 89.
Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, had a couple of shout-outs on Monday: one to
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, who just marked his 25th year in the
position and his 28th year of service to the town; and to former member John
Kosmatka, who is spending the summer in town after finishing his most recent
posting abroad in Riga, Latvia.