retrofit of the boxcar in Thomas Centennial Park continues apace.
At the Chesterton
Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that
the project is “moving along very well,” although the boxcar’s confined
space only allows one trade at a time to work inside.
So the plumbers,
the electricians, and so on are “having to take turns,” O’Dell said.
general contractor, Larson-Danielson Construction of LaPorte, is waiting for
delivery of the deck lumber, not expected yet for some weeks. O’Dell noted
that the contractual deadline for completion of the project will need to be
extended, to accommodate the delay in delivery.
Bruce Mathias, for his part, reported that NIPSCO has completed installation
of electric service for the boxcar and caboose comfort station and that work
on the brick path is done as well. Grading, however, will have to wait for
dryer weather, Mathias said.
In other business,
O’Dell reported that the general contractor on the Waskom/Kipper parks rehab
project has completed work on the drainage system at Waskom, located on
Michael Drive and serving the Ironwood subdivision. Among other things, an
ADA playground will be installed at Waskom, new tennis and basketball
courts, and a concrete sidewalk.
playground equipment should be delivered in 60 days and that the new tennis
court will be 21 feet at each end. He added that the new basketball court
been reduced to three-quarter size, after Paul Petro, speaking from the
floor, urged the construction of a half-size basketball court. “I’ve never
seen anyone playing full-court basketball there,” Petro said.
Work on Kipper,
located on Olivia Lane and serving the Westchester South subdivision, has
not started yet, O’Dell said, although he’s hopeful it will well before the
end of the year. There the basketball court will be removed and a play
structure for kids 5-12 installed, as well as a shelter and benches.
Total project cost
for both rehab projects: $653,500, well below the original engineer’s
estimate of $801,120. The low-bidder for the job: Gariup Construction
Company of Gary.
Also speaking from
the floor on the subject of the Waskom job was Ironwood resident Rob Petro,
who said that he’s pleased that the tennis court’s dimensions are “good.”
But, he added, “Think about not just what the kids need. Think about what
the adults need too. The adults are paying for it.”
O’Dell’s recommendation, members voted 4-0 to approve the purchase of two
additional wayfaring signs for the Prairie Duneland Trail, under an 80/20
grant from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The point
of the wayfaring project: to post uniform directional and other signage
along the entire length of the trail.
recommended the purchase and installation of two 7’ 8’’ signs identifying
the parking lots at Pearson Road and Babcock Road as trailheads. They’re not
actually, but they do serve the Prairie Duneland Trail, which few users of
the trail--or other motorists for that matter--realize. “People don’t really
know what the lots are for,” O’Dell said.
The total cost of
the signs, under the 80/20 grant: around $2,400. And O’Dell said that the
board originally approved a total project cost of $65,000 for all signage
but has spent far less, about $56,000.
“This is federal
grant money,” O’Dell noted. “We would never get this pot of money again. And
this way these parking lots would be labeled now.”
request, members also voted 4-0 to declare surplus two mowers.
Those mowers will
be put on the block at the annual municipal auction, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at
the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.
Viewing will begin
at 6 p.m. and the auction itself at 7 p.m.
Shinn took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to
Chesterton resident Pat Carlisle for her generous gift of $300 to the Park
Department Gift Fund.
Party in the
Park/Taste of Duneland
Mathias and Member
Candy Tucker also took a moment to thank the Duneland Chamber of Commerce
for its combined Party in the Park/Taste of Duneland event on Saturday at
Thomas Centennial Park.
“It went very
well,” Mathias said.
“It was wonderful,”