A new decorative pole for the traffic light at the intersection of Broadway
and Calumet Road with a battery backup was one of four new projects given
the go ahead at Monday’s Chesterton Redevelopment Commission meeting.
Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said the new pole is the
last to be installed at the intersection after the street department made
upgrades to the traffic stop last year. The new light will come with LED
pedestrian crosswalk signals. Estimated cost: $14,295.
The redevelopment commission unanimously approved the project but it was
more difficult to figure the location for the battery backup unit.
Schnadenberg suggested placing the battery box 44 feet north away from the
intersection on a grassy area in Thomas Centennial Park for reasons of
safety and appearance.
“I think it would be aesthetically bad if we put everything on the corner,”
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said having the battery pack away from the
crossing will protect it better. If someone were to knock over the pole, the
battery power would still be operable.
Also on the list of projects for this season are two repaving jobs near the
Ind. 49/Indian Boundary Road intersection. For Council Road improvements, a
new paving job will cost approximately $78,700. Schnadenberg said his
department also plans to repave Plaza Drive which will cost approximately
Commission member Jeff Trout said he has observed many semis and buses using
Plaza Drive to turn around to get back to the highways.
O’Dell said the department will also be doing a sidewalk replacement and a
drainage tile installation beneath Lincoln Avenue and Calumet Road for
Total estimated costs of the projects: $177,105. The figure is about $50,000
less than projects approved for 2011.
Schnadenberg said the projects will be paid for with funds from the town’s
Giving approval with the rest of the Redevelopment Commission, member Jim
Ton said the projects are “big problem areas” with “very pressing needs.”
“There’s no sense to delay it. These are all areas of need,” said Ton.
O’Dell said any money left over could be used for further improvements on
Also on Tuesday, the commission did not take up a discussion on the 49
corridor project but Trout said the Porter County Council at their April 3
meeting will make the decision on whether to fund the county commissioners’
2-1 vote pledging $900,000 to increase the capacity for utility pipes. The
increased pipes would give the county the ability to bring sewer and water
to developments south of the Toll Road along the east side of Ind. 49.
O’Dell also said he had nothing to report on the Calumet Connection and will
know more when the budget for the 49 corridor is more definite.
Prior to the redevelopment commission meeting, members of the town’s
stormwater board came together for a brief, three-minute meeting to approve
bids for the cleaning of the Lincoln Ave. detention basin in the area of
23rd street and West Porter Ave.
Under recommendation by O’Dell, the board voted 3-0 for its “lowest and most
responsive” bidder, R.V. Sutton Inc. to do the work for $51,200.
O’Dell told the Tribune he expects the firm will start the work by
next week and could take approximately ten days to complete. The job will
entail clearing away a lot of trees and debris within the basin, he said.