re-established Chesterton Economic Development Company (CEDC) continues to
make progress on the application process to make loans available to business
owners for improvements to their buildings.
At Monday night’s
Town Council meeting, President Jim Ton, R-1st, reported that the CEDC met
last week, at which time it formally replaced the old term for the
initiative--“facade loans”--with a new one, the Chesterton Improvement Loan
Program, signifying that other projects besides facade refurbishing may
qualify for loans.
The loans will be
made in amounts of up to $5,000, will carry an interest rate of 2 percent,
and must be repaid in full after five years, with two installments per year.
Ton did say that
the CEDC hasn’t yet determined what sorts of projects will qualify for
Seated on the CEDC
are Ton, president; Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, vice-president; Town Manager
Bernie Doyle, secretary; Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela, treasurer; and
Richard Riley, owner of Riley’s Railhouse.
The old facade loan
program was established in 1987 with a grant awarded to the town by the
Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Since its establishment, the program
has loaned a total of $422,321.21 to Chesterton businesses for facade
improvements. The program was frozen, however, due to outdated guidelines
and application forms.
In other business,
O’Dell reported that an Illinois business is looking to set up shop on
Pioneer Trail: Express Slats Manufacturing Inc., a door supplier currently
located in Cook County.
Express Slats has
submitted an application for a building permit, presently under review, for
a 7,800-square foot facility on Pioneer Trail, consisting of a 6,000-square
foot production building with an attached 1,800-square foot office.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that it’s unlikely that--should the
town be awarded a 50/50 Community Crossings grant from the state for
re-paving--that the work will be done this year.
The state is still
reviewing 2,500 projects submitted by municipalities across Indiana,
Schnadenberg said, and probably won’t be announcing awards until October. “I
just don’t feel comfortable paving that late in the season.”
Last year far fewer
municipalities submitted applications, Schnadenberg noted, and the review
process went much faster.
Should the town be
awarded a grant, it would be used to re-pave South Calumet Road from Porter
Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office; and Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road
to Waverly Road, with Waverly Road also being re-surfaced north to Woodlawn
unanimously to hold a public hearing at its Oct. 9 meeting on the petition
of a property owner in Crocker for a vacation of a platted but unimproved
stretch of Church Street.
That bit of Church
Street currently separates two pieces of property owned by the man, at 1711
Church Street, and a second directly to the west. The man is seeking to
combine both pieces into a single parcel.
Members also voted
unanimously to adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of Sept. 18-22
SepticSmart Week in the Town of Chesterton.
promotes the regular maintenance of septic fields and good wastewater habits
for healthy groundwater.
As Ton noted, there
still are older properties in Chesterton’s corporate limits served by septic
voted unanimously to declare a nine-foot Viking snowplow, currently owned by
the Street Department, surplus.
That plow will go
on the block at the town’s annual municipal auction, on Tuesday, Sept. 19,
at the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.
Viewing begins at 6
p.m.; the auction itself, at 7 p.m.