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Chesterton asphalt bids are in for busy 2019 season

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The asphalt bids are in, for what promises to be an ambitious paving season in the Town of Chesterton in 2019.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to take the two bids under advisement.

The total bids, after taking into account Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s specified calculations for the amount of asphalt needed next year:

* $613,725, from Rieth-Riley Construction Company of Gary.

* $659,700, from Walsh & Kelly Construction of Griffith.

Those quotes come on the heel not only of a $1.8-million general obligation bond issued this summer for roadwork and sidewalk repairs but--as announced by Schnadenberg earlier this month--a $444,617 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant awarded to the town.

The grant will be used to fund half the costs of six big-ticket projects:

* The re-pave of South 11th Street from Park Ave. to 1100N.

* The re-pave of South Eighth Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway.

* The re-pave of 100E from 1100N to 1050N.

* The re-pave of West Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street.

* The re-pave of South 15th Street from Broadway to Washington Ave.

* And the replacement of curbs along East Morgan Ave. from Coffee Creek Park east to Roosevelt Street.

Continuance on

Proposed PUD Amendment

In other business, members voted unanimously--but grudgingly--to grant a continuance in the matter of a proposed amendment to the Indian Oak Mall planned unit development ordinance.

The amendment--which comes to the council with an unfavorable recommendation from the Advisory Plan Commission--would permit the erection of a free-standing sign along Ind. 49 advertising some of the Indian Oak Mall businesses.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann advised members that the property owner’s attorney had sought the continuance--a second one, in fact--but that the council was under no obligation to grant it.

Members did so, but Jim Ton, R-1st, made it clear that there will be no others. “This is it,” he said.

Lukmann did note that, should the attorney bring to the council some modification of the sign which might make it more palatable, he would still need to return to the Plan Commission to present the new proposal.

Duneland Schools Permit Fee Waiver

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to waive the building permit fees for two projects being pursued by the Duneland School Corporation. The first: the renovation of the main office at Chesterton Middle School. The second: the replacement of the garage doors at the bus barn.

The total value of the fees: $1,500.

Additional Appropriations

Members also voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at their next meeting, Monday, Dec. 10, on a series of year-end additional appropriations.

In all cases, the funding is available for the given budget line item but has not yet been formally appropriated, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.

The proposed additional appropriations include the following:

* General Fund: $234,163.49 for personnel; $7,800 for services; $750 for supplies.

* Motor Vehicle Highway: $99,990.44 for personnel; $89,200 from Supplies to Services.

* Parks & Recreation: $12,1006 for personnel.

* Local Roads & Streets: $57,650 services.

* Cumulative Capital Development: $158,000 for capital outlays (emergency vehicles).



Posted 11/27/2018




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