By KEVIN NEVERS
Since June 23 the Town of Chesterton has fined Coffee Creek Development I LLC
(CCD), developer of the Village Green Townhomes at Coffee Creek Center, 26
times in an amount totaling $6,650, for violations of the Stormwater Quality
So MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala informed the Stormwater Management Board at
its meeting Monday night.
Among other things, required seeding has not be done, stone has not been
placed on building lots for egress and ingress, a concrete washout was found
outside the designated washout area, and gaps in silt fence were not blocked.
Most of the fines issued were for multiple per-day instances of the same
“We can write one finable violation per day of violation,” Gadzala told the
Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.
Gadzala told the board that not all issues have been resolved yet—though all
fines to date have been paid—and that a representative of the Indiana
Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has conducted an inspection of
the site and given CCD a deadline of Friday to remedy all outstanding
problems. Under Indiana Code, Gadzala said, IDEM may issue fines of its own.
Since CCD began construction of the Village Green Townhomes, last fall, it
has been fined a total of $16,050 for violations of the Stormwater Quality
Control Ordinance, the bulk of that amount a $9,400 fine assed by the board
Village Green Townhomes is the first project undertaken by CCD since it
entered into a formal relationship with the Lake Erie Land Company in June
2006. The project occupies 18.5 acres located south of Sidewalk Road and east
of Village Point. A total of 94 units in 35 buildings is planned. CCD—whose
principal is James Gierczyk, a developer based in Homewood, Ill.—is the
official holder of the Erosion and Sediment Control Permit and is therefore
responsible for meeting the requirements of the Storm Water Quality Control
In other business, the board voted 3-0 to authorize an expenditure of no more
than $10,000 to acquire office equipment and supplies for the new temporary
quarters of the Engineering Department and Stormwater Utility at 802 Wabash
Ave. Both municipal functions will work from that rented space until the
former United Tractor facility at 106 N. 15th St. is ready for occupation.
June in Review
In June the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $23,376 and in the
year-to-date is running a surplus of $74,411.