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Chesterton awarded $168K state infrastructure grant

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Town of Chesterton has once again been awarded a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

The grant amount: $167,888.80, which will pay for half the cost of two re-paves: 1100N from South Fifth Street to 100E; and Broadway from Eighth Street to 19th Street. Those projects are slated for next season, Schnadenberg said.

Since 2016, he added--when the Community Crossings program was established by the General Assembly--the town has received a total of $1,140,147.91 in Community Crossings grants, which have funded half the cost of a raft of re-paves and other infrastructure projects.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment to thank the grant-writing team of Schnadenberg, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala for their stellar success at scoring the grants. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the grant-writing team,” he said. “It’s not easy to write grants but they’ve been successful every year.”

“Thank you,” Schnadenberg replied. “We’re just doing our job.”

Asphalt Bids

In related business, members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to go out for bid for next year’s asphalt contract, with bids to be opened at their Nov. 25 meeting.

Schnadenberg is hoping to award the asphalt contract--as well as the two paving contracts--before the end of the year.

Bucket Truck

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg told the council that he’s finally found a used bucket truck to replace the Street Department’s 17-year-old model. It’s a 2013 with 30,000 miles and is going for $68,000.

Schnadenberg noted that the reach of the 2013 model is 60 feet, five feet more than the current one’s. “Any higher than that, we’ll hire a contractor,” he said.

Banner Request

At Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to allow St. Patrick School to place banners early next year on East Porter Ave. and at the intersection of North Calumet Road and Indian Boundary Road to promote its annual masquerade ball, Feb. 22.

Equipping Squad Cars

Members also voted unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to expend $39,712.59 in Cumulative Capital Development moneys to equip the three new squad cars--Ford Explorers--currently on order from Lakeshore Ford.

Bartronics LLC of Chesterton provided that quote, under the $50,000 threshold at which additional quotes would need to be solicited.

Fee Waived

Finally, members voted unanimously, at O’Dell’s recommendation, to waive all building fees for the retrofit of a lab facility at Chesterton High School into a metal shop. The fees being waived are for the building permit itself and electrical and plumbing inspections.

“I would like to continue the relationship we’ve had with the Duneland School Corporation for the last three years,” said Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th. “The flex lab is leading back into the trades and there is such a shortage of that now.”

Trick-or-Treat

Cincoski did remind the council that the Police Commission has scheduled trick-or-treat for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

He noted that all the Tri-Towns as well as unincorporated Porter County, will be holding trick-or-treat on the same day and at the same time.

Leaf collection to start Monday October 28

The Chesterton Street Department’s annual leaf program will have a soft opening next week, Monday through Friday, Oct. 21-25, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

There’s still not a whole lot of fall, Schnadenberg said, although leaves are beginning to collect in certain parts of town, in Morgan Park for instance. Leaf collection, accordingly, will be somewhat “random” next week.

Then, beginning the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Street Department crews will begin scheduled route collection in earnest. Check the town’s municipal website at chestertonin.org for your neighborhood’s regular collection day.

The program is scheduled to last five weeks--“As long as it doesn’t snow,” Schnadenberg added.

Meanwhile, the Street Department is still looking to hire part-time help for the leaf program. Applications are available at the Street Dept., 1490 Broadway.

 

Posted 10/16/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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