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