Turns out, for
years the Chesterton Stormwater Utility has been double-billing a rental
property in the 400 block of East Porter Ave., sending a notice for the
monthly stormwater fee to both the landlord and the tenant.
And for years both
the landlord and the tenant have been dutifully paying the fee--overpaying,
that is, to the tune of $633.36.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously to refund
about two-thirds of that sum--$448.90--going back six years, as far back as
state law will allow.
It’s unclear how
the Stormwater Utility came to double-bill the property, but Clerk-Treasurer
Stephanie Kuziela told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that
the mistake was discovered by the landlord and tenant, who one day compared
notes to find that they were both on the hook for the fee. The tenant then
called the Stormwater Utility to get the problem fixed and request a refund.
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell report that the Stormwater Utility is currently
reviewing a proposed plan for a Dollar General store on a portion of the old
Lipinski Automotive property at 1300 Broadway.
O’Dell noted that
no formal submission has been received by developers. The Advisory Plan
Commission, however, did hold a concept review on the proposed project at
its June meeting, at which Michael Young of the engineering firm Falk PLI
said that the property in question, about an acre and a half in size, would
be subdivided and one of the parcels sold to Dollar General, while Tom
Lipinski would retain ownership of the other.
Construction of a
Dollar General at that location would require a planned unit development
ordinance permitting a B-2 use--the Dollar General--in an I-1 zone.
June in Review
In June the
Stormwater Utility ran a a surplus of $16,144 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $83,375.