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Council waives permit fees for Duneland School projects this summer

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As it did last year, in the interest of comity, the Chesterton Town Council has agreed to waive the building permit fees for three capital projects being pursued this summer by the Duneland Schools.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to waive the fees for the following projects:

* Roof sealant application at Bailly Elementary and Westchester Intermediate (estimated cost $126,588).

* The renovation of an art room into a new kindergarten room and of a locker room into a new art room at Bailly ($526,500).

* Main office renovation at Chesterton Middle ($500,000).

Requests from CPD

Members also voted unanimously to approve a request from Police Chief Dave Cincoski for the purchase of an additional squad car. Earlier in the year the CPD took delivery of three new squads as part of its annual fleet acquisition program.

And members voted unanimously to authorize Cincoski and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to investigate the cost of roof repairs for the town hall building.

Right-of-way Acquisition

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to accept a dedication to the town as right-of-way of a 30-foot strip of property which has belonged to the Barrington Bridge apartment complex since it was developed in 1977-78.

O’Dell told the council that the strip of land, 830 feet in length, was never properly dedicated to the town, which nevertheless has been maintaining the sidewalks along it for nearly 40 years.

Meet-Me Room

Earlier in the evening, at a special meeting of the Redevelopment Commission, members voted unanimously to award the contract for the “meet-me room” at the municipal complex--essentially the nerve center of the new fiber-optic network--to Gariup Construction Company Inc. of Gary.

The contract includes both Gariup’s base quote and its alternate quote, for a total contract price of $53,000. Also submitting a quote, of $53,444.80, was HP Construction Services of Westville. Both quotes were significantly lower than the engineer’s estimate of $100,000.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann noted that “the meet-me room needs to be up and running as soon as possible,” in order for the Duneland Schools to be “hooked up to the network” sometime this summer.


Posted 4/11/2018




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