The Chesterton Town
Council, having flirted for some years with the idea of converting the
railroad at-grade crossings in the Downtown into quiet zones, is now
prepared to spend some actual money on making it so.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to develop a request for proposal
(RFP) seeking a comprehensive and detailed engineer’s report on the process
by which a municipality can become a railroad quiet zone. Some retrofit of
the town’s five Downtown grade-crossings would likely be necessary. Those
five are located on South Calumet Road, North Fourth Street, South Eighth
Street, North 15th Street, and North Jackson Blvd.
As Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, noted, $40,000 in CEDIT moneys previously earmarked for the
quiet-zone project are available to pay for such a report.
Town Manager Bernie
Doyle will work with Town Engineer Mark O’Dell and Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann in developing the RFP.
New Lamar Sign
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Lamar Advertising
under which the town will “piggyback” on a portion of the new digital sign
which Lamar is planning to erect at the intersection of North Calumet Road
and Indian Boundary Road.
The current sign is
at least 10 years old, O’Dell told the council, it’s technology is obsolete,
and merchants have complained that it often malfunctions.
agreement, Lamar will build the new sign and allow the town to place below
the digital message board itself the following legend in the shape of a
left-turn arrow pointing to the Downtown: “Dining, Shops, Wineries,
“We thought those
were the components important to attract people to the Downtown,” noted MS4
Operator Jennifer Gadzala, who sits on the Chesterton Branding Leadership
Team’s Infrastructure Committee.