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Chesterton RDC still waiting for street light quotes for South Calumet district

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The Chesterton Redevelopment Commission wants to know how much it will cost to put in decorative LED street lights along the roads in the South Calumet Business District, but it will have to wait a little longer.

Town Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said that the contractor the town chose two months ago has not gotten back to him with a quote for the new ballasts and the bulbs.

The RDC members present Tuesday - Jeff Trout, Edward Shoenfelt, Jim Ton and Paul Tharp -- agreed to move on and open up the request again to find a new contractor.

The town looks to replace the high-pressure sodium lights with LED’s which will provide a substantial energy savings. Although they tend to be a little higher in price, RDC member Jim Ton said that after two years, the LED bulbs will pay for themselves through energy savings compared to the HPS bulbs and they require less maintenance.

IBR traffic signal

In other business, Mike Jabo from DLZ said the Indiana Department of Transportation is letting bids for work on the Indian Boundary and North Calumet intersection and expects to choose a contractor by early July. The construction there should be completed by the end of summer, he said.

The signal will get a new battery backup, a decorative pole and new striping.

The project will be funded primarily by the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, about 80 percent, while the rest will be paid for with tax increment finance moneys.

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg said the street department will be conducting maintenance checks on numerous traffic lights located within the town's TIF districts.

Lift station

Jabo reported that plumbing work for the new lift station on the 49 utility corridor project has been completed as of April 18, with the exception of a few minor details.

The lift station is located near the Pope’s farm south of the Toll Road.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said he is currently working out a few bugs in the supervisory control and data acquisition systems so signals can be reached at the new lift station.




Posted 5/28/2014




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