The Chesterton Town
Council has greenlighted a $1.8-million general obligation bond issue the
proceeds from which will be used to finance major road repairs and sidewalk
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to approve an ordinance authorizing
the five-year bond issue, then unanimously again to approve an ordinance
appropriating the proceeds from the issue.
At a public hearing
prior to the vote, no one spoke in opposition to the bond issue. One person
spoke in favor of it: Engineer Steve Williams of the Chesterton Fire
Department and president of Local 4600 of the International Association of
Firefighters. Williams praised the issue for freeing up other funds to make
a sustainable raise possible for municipal employees.
This bond issue
follows on the heels of a previous five-year $1.5-million issue, the last
payment on which the town made this year. Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann has
said that the maximum interest rate on the new issue will be 4 percent. At
that rate, owners of homes assessed at $150,000 will pay $10.30 more
annually than they paid to service the debt on the previous issue. Owners of
homes assessed at $250,000 will pay $20.57 more annually; and owners of
businesses assessed at $100,000 will pay $15.63 more annually.
“It’s a positive
move and I think we need to do it,” Member Jim Ton, R-1st, said of the bond
The proceeds from
the issue will be used to fund a number of high-priority roadwork projects,
including the re-pave of South 11th Street between Park Ave. and 1100N.
In other business,
members voted unanimously--at the recommendation of the Stormwater
Management Board--to amend the 2018 Salary Amendment to award a one-time
bonus of $2,500 to MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala.
administering the town’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
program--a complicated federally mandated initiative designed to reduce the
release of pollutants into local receiving waters--Gadzala is the town’s GIS
guru, she was instrumental in completing the town’s successful application,
two years in a row, for a Community Crossings infrastructure grant, and she
was the brains behind the enormously successful crowdfunding campaign which
raised more than $70,000 in additional moneys for the boxcar restroom
project in Thomas Centennial Park.
continually gone over and above what I have expected from someone in her
position,” Stormwater President Tom Kopko said at the board’s meeting last
week. “She has showed herself to be a conscientious and exemplary employee
as long as I have worked with her.”