The Town of
Chesterton has once again been awarded a 50/50 Community Crossings state
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting
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.”
Schnadenberg replied. “We’re just doing our job.”
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.
hoping to award the asphalt contract--as well as the two paving
contracts--before the end of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
Street Department is still looking to hire part-time help for the leaf
program. Applications are available at the Street Dept., 1490 Broadway.