Just another rainy
May in Duneland.
Last month fully
7.2 inches of rain deluged Duneland, as Chesterton Utility Superintendent
Dave Ryan reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Utility Service Board.
That’s a lot--given
that Chesterton’s average rainfall in May is 3.85 inches, according to the
Weather Channel--yet still nearly an inch less of rain than fell in May
2019, according to the Chesterton Tribune’s own records: 8.12.
In any case, the
1.2-million gallon storage basin used to hold excess flow during heavy rain
events worked, once again, like a champ, Ryan said, taking in some 750,000
gallons over the course of two particularly savage rains and saving the
Utility from the need to overflow wastewater into the Little Calumet River.
“Every time we get
a really big rain, it makes us look like we did a really smart thing,
building that basin,” Member Andy Michel remarked. “It was money well
In other business,
members voted unanimously to extend by one year an out-of-town connection
agreement with Marcus Key, who has purchased the property at the southwest
corner of Meridian Road and C.R. 1050N.
That agreement was
set to expire in August, but as Key told the Service Board he’s had some
difficulty in lining up a builder.
members on a couple of items:
-- The replacement
of the Barrington Bridge Apartment lift station has been completed and the
Utility is in the process of testing its SCADA functionality.
-- Although the
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has not yet billed the Utility for its
intervention in the Valparaiso City Utilities cause, it did bill Valpo a
total of $7,033.78, in IURC charges, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer
Counselor charges, and legal advertising charges. So it’s likely
Chesterton’s own bill will be in that neighborhood, Ryan said.
-- The Indiana
Department of Environmental Management has approved the Sanitary Sewer
Master Plan previously endorsed by the Service Board as part of the
settlement of its territorial dispute with Valparaiso City Utilities. That
plan, in the form of an ordinance, will now go to the Town Council for
-- As of May 18 all
town departments, including the Utility, resumed a normal work schedule. The
billing office doors opened on June 8. Modifications were made to the glass
work at the municipal complex to provide an increased level of protection
for the clerks who work in the lobby.
May in Review
In May, Chesterton
used 65.02 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the
wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 67.19 percent of its 851,000 gpd
allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 74.54 percent of its
81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 64.11 percent of its
With 7.2 inches of
total rainfall in May, there were no combined sewer overflows of wastewater
into the Little Calumet River.
In May, the Utility
ran a surplus of $262,793.34 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of
Godspeed and God
Brandt took a moment at the end of the meeting to express, on behalf of the
Service Board, members’ profoundest sympathy on the passing of Amy Christine
McCord, 41, the wife of Scot McCord and the daughter-in-law of their
colleague, Member Scott McCord. “It’s a tremendous loss, and we’re so