Utility could take delivery of its new vacuum truck later this month.
Dave Ryan reported at the Utility Service Board’s meeting Monday night.
The cost of the
unit, manufactured by Vactor and purchased from Doheny Equipment of
The Utility is
paying $30,000 of that amount upfront in cash and has secured from Centier
Bank a three-year, 2.98-percent loan of $350,000 to pay for the balance. To
that end the Service Board voted unanimously on Monday to approve its
financing agreement with Centier.
The new vacuum
truck will replace a 1990 model which the Utility long ago put into reserve
service. At Ryan’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to declare the
old vacuum truck surplus, then unanimously again to authorize Ryan to
advertise for sealed bids on it.
“It’s still in
working order,” Ryan noted of the 28-year-old model.
The new vacuum
truck will join a 2007 model, which has been doing the lion’s share of
duties since acquired 10 years ago.
Payment in Lieu of
In other business,
President Larry Brandt took a moment to apprise his colleagues of the annual
“payment in lieu of taxes” which the Utility has agreed to make to the Town
of Chesterton, its contribution to the sustainable funding package assembled
by the Town Council to pay for raises for all municipal employees.
Although, as a
public utility, the Chesterton Utility does not pay property taxes, under
state law a municipality may collect from a utility an annual amount
equivalent to what the utility would pay in property taxes were it a
private entity. That amountÑfor that portion of the Utility actually located
in the Town of ChestertonÑis roughly $157,000 per year, Brandt said.
to Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson: does the Service Board need to
take any immediate action on that payment?
Parkinson said that
it does not. “Not yet. Some determination needs to be made as to the value”
of that part of the Utility located in Chesterton. When that determination
is made, a resolution will go to the Town Council for action, Parkinson
Under an amendment
to the 2018 Salary Ordinance approved by the Town Council at its last
meeting, all municipal employeesÑincluding Utility employeesÑreceived a
4-percent raise retroactive to April 1. Police officers and firefighters
received variable wages, depending on their position, intended to bring
their take-home more in line with that paid by comparable municipalities in
“It’s good that we
keep competitive,” Brandt said.
made note of the following March highlights in his report to the Service
* The Utility
completed 336 locates last March. Ryan said that most of those were related
to the ongoing construction of the town’s fiber-optic network.
* The Utility paid
contractor Woodruff & Sons just over $40,000 for its work on two emergency
repairs: the first of a broken 12-inch clay sewer in the alley south of West
Morgan street between 11th and 12th streets; the second of a broken 10-inch
concrete sewer in the alley between West Morgan Ave. and West Indiana Ave.
and Fifth and Sixth street.
congratulated Lab Chief Leah Leimbacher for passing her examination with the
Indiana Department of Environmental Management, certifying her as a Class II
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; and he congratulated employee Trevor
Hudson for passing his CDL test.
* And Ryan reported
that he has posted a position for wastewater operator/maintainer in advance
of an anticipated vacancy.
March in Review
Chesterton used 53.55 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 54.67 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; and the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 61.31
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment. Total plant capacity used in March was
There were no
bypasses of wastewater into the Little Calumet River last month, which saw a
total of 1.3 inches of rain recorded at the plant.
Also in March, the
Utility ran a surplus of $318,832.10 and in the year-to-date is running a
surplus of $433,112.74
Earlier in the
evening, at a short meeting of the Stormwater Management Board, Stormwater
Utility Superintendent Mark O’Dell reported that in March the utility ran a
surplus of $18,446 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $45,648.