The Chesterton Town
Council has approved a relatively modest list of paving projects for the
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.
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.
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.
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.
since March,” noted Member Jim Ton, R-1st.
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.
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.
building a duplex at 635/637 N. Calumet Road, an old part of town where
sidewalks were never installed.
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.