The Chesterton Town
Council has taken the first necessary step in the possible purchase of the
house and property at the southeast corner of South Calumet Road and East
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to secure the services of two
appraisers to determine the fair-market value of the property. Under Indiana
Code, a municipality may pay no more than the average of two appraisals when
acquiring private property.
Because the house
is located in a tax increment financing district, the Redevelopment
Commission--which earlier in the evening voted unanimously to endorse
obtaining the appraisals--would oversee the purchase of the property, should
it come to that, and administer the TIF moneys used to buy it.
The whole idea is
to use the property for right-of-way at such time as the intersection of
South Calumet Road and Porter Ave. is aligned and widened.
“As the town grows,
this will be an important area people will be driving through,” observed
Member Dane Lafata, D-3rd. “If we don’t do something now, it’ll be 1000
percent harder to do later.”
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg provided the council with an update on
the two Community Crossings grant projects currently underway.
On South 11th
Street, Rieth-Riley Construction Company has installed 1,300 feet of new
sidewalk in advance of a re-pave between Park Ave. and 1100N, Schnadenberg
said. On Wednesday, April 24, South 11th Street will be closed between 1100N
and Crab Tree Lane for the installation of a stormwater drain. When that
phase of the project is completed, then the re-pave proper can begin.
Contract price: $279,542.25, half of which is being funded through a 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.
Morgan Park, one block of curbs along East Morgan Ave. has been removed and
replaced, with Walsh & Kelly Inc. set to start work on a second block. Some
portions of the concrete road surface will also be replaced, Schnadenberg
$331,985, half of which is also being partially funded with a 50/50
Community Crossings grant.
Community Crossings re-paving projects are on this season’s schedule:
--100E from 1100N
to 1050N, $83,218.40.
--West Porter Ave.
from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street, $107,755.75.
--15th Street from
Woodlawn Ave. to Washington Ave., $115,813.60.
Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway.
In addition to the
Community Crossings grants, the town will also be funding these projects
with a $1.8-million general obligation bond issued last year.
recommendation of Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell, members voted
unanimously to waive the building permit fee for an emergency generator
project to be done by the Duneland School Corporation.