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Chesterton Town Council okays paving list for 2018

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The Chesterton Town Council has approved a relatively modest list of paving projects for the 2018 season.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to greenlight the following jobs, with a total estimated cost of $126,000.

* South Six Street from West Porter Ave. to Oakwood Drive.

* Union Ave. from Greenwood to South Sixth Street.

* Lana Oaks Drive.

* The municipal parking lot from North Fourth Street to the east side of the old New York Central passenger depot, now home to the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.

* South Second Street from West Indiana Ave. to Lincoln Ave.

* Third Street from West Indiana Ave. to West Morgan Ave.

* South 16th Street from West Porter Ave. to West Morgan Ave.

* Park Ave. from South Fifth Street to South Sixth Street.

Earlier this year the council released $100,000 in CEDIT funds for paving projects in 2018. The approximate $26,000 balance will come from the Street Department’s Motor Vehicle Highway fund or from the Local Road & Street fund, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the council.

These projects should not be confused with two larger paving jobs being funded with a combination of tax increment financing moneys and a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant. The first has already been completed: South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office.

The second job just started on Monday: Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road and then Waverly Road north to Woodlawn Ave. Milling began yesterday and the work should continue throughout the week, Schnadenberg said.

Next year’s paving list, on the other hand, will be much more ambitious, on the heels of a $1.8-million general obligation bond issue which the council approved at its last meeting. Among other projects, Schnadenberg expects to pave South 11th Street between 1100N and Park Ave.

East Porter Ave. Culvert Project

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the box culvert replacing the old bridge over Sand Creek on East Porter Ave. is expected to be delivered on Wednesday or Thursday.

But Frontier Communications has still not re-located an underground fiber optic line nor an overhead telephone line at the site, despite having been notified in March that it needed to begin the procurement process for materials.

At the moment, the general contractor on the culvert project, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland, is “working around” the Frontier infrastructure, O’Dell said. But if Frontier doesn’t re-locate those lines, “they might find that the lines have been moved for them,” he added.

“They’ve known since March,” noted Member Jim Ton, R-1st.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources initially issued a permit good for 30 days--and expiring on July 15--allowing work in a salmonid stream. It has since extended that permit by another month, to Aug. 18.

Until the box culvert is open for business, motorists will continue to be forced to detour the East Porter Ave. closure: motorists eastbound on East Porter Ave. are being sent south on Dickinson Road, east on Sidewalk Road, north on 250E, then back to East Porter Ave.; the detour is simply reversed for motorists westbound on East Porter Ave.

Sidewalk Waiver

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve, at the request of developer Jason Robinson, a waiver from the Town Standard requiring the installation of sidewalk in front of all new construction.

Robinson is building a duplex at 635/637 N. Calumet Road, an old part of town where sidewalks were never installed.

Roof Repair

Members also voted unanimously to approve a contract with Gluth Brothers roofing Company Inc. to repair some leaks on the roof of the municipal complex at 1490 Broadway, at a cost of $2,054.



Posted 7/10/2018




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