Nobody’s forgotten about the proposed public restroom facility in Thomas
Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton.
But progress has slowed a bit, since Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias first
suggested— last summer—that students in the CHS Building Trades program
actually build the thing.
At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell
reported that, early next year, the local architecture firm of Gerometta &
Kinel will submit an estimate of the cost of designing the facility.
In fact, Gerometta & Kinel would actually be tweaking a restroom design
which the firm already did for a facility in the City of Hobart.
The idea is for Building Trades teacher Jeff Larson’s students to then
construct the restroom as a class project, on a site in Thomas Centennial
Park already cleared for the facility.
Mathias has estimated that the cost of the restroom will probably be
significantly less than the $150,000 to $175,000 which the council was
prepared to pay, in CEDIT funds.
In other business, Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported the good news that the
town’s ISO rating—the fire protection grade given by the Insurance Service
Organization—has been upgraded, from Class V to Class IV.
Orlich attributed the improved rating to the CFD’s work with
Indiana-American Water Company to better distribute water on the south and
southeast sides of town, as well as to refinements in internal training and
coordination with other automatic-aid agencies.
Orlich was unable to say how the improved ISO rating would impact folks’
insurance premiums but he did say that a good rating can work as an economic
development incentive, since both large and small companies looking to
locate do consider how the local ISO rating will affect their bottom line.
Meanwhile, by 5-0 votes, members agreed to transfer surplus funds from two
accounts into the General Fund: $44,954 from Cumulative Capital Improvement;
and $30,290.17 from the Levy Fund.