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Bids in for East Morgan paving project

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By LILY REX

The Chesterton Town Council opened bids for paving on East Morgan Avenue and awarded the contract at its meeting last night.

The Council took the two bids under advisement and opted to award the contract to low bidder Walsh & Kelley Inc., for $331,985, contingent upon Street Department and legal review because Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said the deadline to use this year’s 50/50 match Community Crossings grant money is fast approaching.

Curb replacement on East Morgan Avenue from Coffee Creek Park to Roosevelt Street is the last of six projects that will be funded by the Community Crossings grant this year.

In other Street Department business, Schnadenberg announced that anyone interested in the Street Department’s surplus 2002 Ford F-550 can see the truck at the Street Department and submit a sealed bid for it. Bids will be opened at the April 8 Town Council meeting, and are due by 4:30 p.m. on that day.

Schnadenberg also reported complaints about blocked sidewalks have started coming in now that the weather has turned and people are out and about. Residents are reminded not to park on sidewalks or block sidewalks with their vehicles.

Body Cameras

Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported the Department is moving forward with its new body camera and in-car camera program.

In February, the Town council approved Cincoski to make a special purchase of updated in-car systems for the CPD, and to buy body cameras for officers for the first time, to the tune of $212,900 over five years. The equipment is from Bodyworn Utility Associates, Inc.

Cincoski reports the company will be doing an internal survey today to determine how the new in-car camera equipment will be arranged in the squad cars. The company will also conduct training for the body cameras once the CPD officers have uniforms that comply with the equipment. Cincoski said the Department is working on meeting the uniform standard.

Early Voting

Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela reported that early voting starts April 9 and the Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway, is once again an early voting site for anyone in Porter County to use between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and two Saturdays--April 27 and May 4. Voters must be registered to vote and show a valid driver’s license.

Council Comments

Council member Jim Ton, R-1st, expressed support for the Town acquiring a property that’s on the market at the corner of Porter Avenue and Calumet Road.

“That intersection is a very difficult one, but its one of the main roads into town,” Ton said. “We’ve got a region-best restaurant on that corner, and there’s no reason we can’t clean it up.”

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann said the main question to ponder is which Board would make the purchase.

Public Comment

Chesterton resident Angelica Levy came before the Council for guidance on organizing trash clean-ups in Town. Levy has started a Facebook page, NWI Trash Tag, following a social media trend where people are encouraged to take before and after photos of areas where they’ve cleaned up litter.

Levy reported some disposal companies she’s contacted have offered to donate reflective vests and street cones to keep the group members safe and visible while they’re near roadways.

The Council told Levy they have no authority over private property, but she’s welcome to clean-up anything in public rights-of-way in Town, and whatever her group picks up can be disposed of in Town dumpsters and trash cans. Schnadenberg also offered that the Street Department will come by and pick up bagged trash if they let him know where and when they’ll be having a clean-up. Ton suggested she speak further to Schnadenberg and Town Manager Bernie Doyle.

 

 

 

Posted 3/26/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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