At 8 a.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 14, the rear gate of a dump truck hauling gravel opened as the truck
was eastbound on Indian Boundary Road, spreading gravel across all three
lanes from Council Drive to Sand Creek Drive North--and from yellow center
lane to curb--to a depth of two inches.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Stormwater Management
Board at its meeting Monday night.
Schnadenberg ordered the Street Department’s two street sweepers out of
winter storage and pointed them in the right direction. “We just had to pick
up the gravel a couple of feet at a time,” he said. “Took about an hour and
a half. And now the Street Department has some stone.”
whether the dump’s driver realized what had happened, Schnadenberg told the
board. Either he didn’t and was in for a big surprise when he reached his
destination. Or he did, and just figured he had better places to be than
chatting with a police officer.
As long as the
sweepers were out, Schnadenberg added, he put one of them into the service
in the Downtown last week. “It was a little unusual but the weather was nice
and we cleaned a lot of debris out of the gutters,” he said.
In other business,
Schnadenberg reported that the 2.73 inches of rain which fell on Duneland
Jan. 10-11 presented no major problems for the town.
Personnel were out
in the days before the rain uncovering storm drains, he noted, but in
general the stormwater projects which the board has been pursuing--for
example, the two lift stations installed in the alley behind Val’s and in
the one off South 11th Street--have gone a long way to keep Chesterton dry
during rain events. “All in all, the projects we’ve done over the last 20
years have really paid off,” Schnadenberg said. “All our stormsewers were
able to keep up with it.”
say that a backyard drain in Duneland Cove was clogged and had to be
Senate Bill 46
Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that a bill has once again been
introduced during the current legislative session which would prohibit
stormwater utilities from collecting user fees from properties used for
religious services and from school corporations: S.B. 46.
A similar bill was
introduced last year in the Senate, and at the time Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell said that--if enacted--it would result in the loss of approximately
$27,800 in annual revenues: $4,300 from churches in town and another $23,000
from the Duneland School Corporation, the latter of which is the Stormwater
Utility’s largest single customer.
“I’m just keeping
an eye on (S.B. 46),” Gadzala said. “I don’t know if this will go anywhere.
Last year’s didn’t.”
In December the
Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $109,327, chiefly the result of a
debt-service payment on the 2015 bond in the amount of $99,363.
In 2019 the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $20,855, compared to a projected deficit
“We managed the
budget reasonably tight,” O’Dell said.
elected Tom Kopko as president and Paul Stofko as vice-president.
Kopko took a moment
at the end of the meeting to welcome newly appointed Member Victoria Wittig.
“I just want to welcome Victoria to the board,” he said. “Thank you for