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Broadway sidewalk project just got a bit more complicated

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The sidewalk replacement project on Broadway at South Fifth Street has become more involved than anyone anticipated.

As Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Stormwater Management Board, during the course of the work a drainage problem was discovered at the southwest corner of Broadway and South Fifth Street, necessitating the installation of an inlet. Then, “as soon as we touched it,” the ancient brickwork of the inlet at the southeast corner “fell apart,” necessitating its replacement as well.

Meanwhile, as Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting, a Street Department crew was out Sunday morning saw-cutting a jagged edge off a newly poured length of sidewalk on Broadway. That work, he said, couldn’t wait until Monday, since the contractor, Cabe’s Concrete of Chesterton, was scheduled to continue the pour on Monday morning.

“We had to work to the contractor’s schedule,” Schnadenberg said. “We’ve also been pouring in between rains and that’s complicated things too.”

NPDES Permit Application

In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that she’s begun the process of applying to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for renewal of the Stormwater Utility’s five-year National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, for the period November 2018-November 2023.

In particular, Gadzala told the Tribune after the meeting, IDEM will be reviewing the Stormwater Utility’s administration of the federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program and its adherence to the six minimal control measures: public education and outreach; public participation; construction; post-construction; municipal good housekeeping; and illicit discharges.

The point of the MS4 program: to monitor all sources of stormwater runoff pollution, from sediment at building sites to dog waste, pesticides, and fertilizer; from accidental oil or antifreeze spills in Town of Chesterton garages and bays to unregulated and illegal outsource pipes on private property.

As part of the NPDES process, members voted unanimously to authorize the payment to IDEM of a $50 application fee.

July in Review

In July the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $19,035 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $121,271.

O’Dell did make note of one line item: an expenditure of $4,874 for accounting services. That amount was the Stormwater Utility’s share of the cost of the State Board of Account’s recently completed audit of the town’s books.

The SBOA performs the audit, then charges the town the expense of doing so.

In July the Town Council authorized a similar payment to the SBOA, this one in the amount of $7,479.




Posted 8/21/2018




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