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Chesterton Town Council extends trash pickup contract

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Republic Services--which provides refuse and recycling collection to the Town of Chesterton--has kept its pencil sharp, as the company’s current three-year contract with the town is set to expire on Dec. 31.

As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, Republic Services has once again offered to roll over this year’s per-household, per-month fee--$15.38--into the first year of a new contract, so that folks would see no increase in 2018. Then, in the second and third years of the contract, a 2-percent hike in the rate will take effect, meaning that folks will pay $15.69 per month in 2019 and $16 per month in 2020.

That 2-percent hike in the second and third years compares favorably, Schnadenberg noted, to the 2.5-percent hike which went into effect in the second and third years of the current contract. “It’s actually a better contract than the one we have now,” he said.

Under the terms of the new contract, households will keep their 99-gallon rollaway trash and recycling bins.

Indiana law permits municipalities to extend--without re-bidding--contracts to which no substantive changes have been made, and members did so on Monday, voting unanimously to extend the Republic Services contract for another three years.

“I think you negotiated a fine deal,” Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th, told Schnadenberg. “And I thank you.”

CHS Building Trades Waiver

In other business, members voted unanimously to waive the fees for five building permits which the Chesterton High School building trades program will need to construct a modular house on CHS property behind the old soccer field.

The permits are for a fence, a parking lot, a construction trailer, a sign, and electric service and would otherwise have cost the Duneland School Corporation $300.

Any municipal costs associated with the modular home project--inspections, for instance--will be reimbursed by the Duneland Schools.

“We’ve opened up this relationship with the Duneland Schools and we want to keep it going,” observed Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th.

“This looks like an excellent opportunity for the building trades program to give back to the community,” added Member Jim Ton, R-1st.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to annex two acres located at the northeast corner of C.R. 1050N and South Fifth Street, owned by Jill Chitwood.

The property had been owned by Chitwood’s late father and Chitwood now wants to sell it but the septic system has failed. The Utility is amenable to providing the property with sanitary sewer service but under a long-standing policy the property must first be annexed into the town.


Posted 7/17/2017





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