let Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail on April 5, Chesterton Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting
The apparent low
bidder: Walsh & Kelly. The company’s bid: $547,049, significantly less than
the original estimated cost of more than $700,000.
Which means, as
O’Dell noted, that the town’s share of the construction costs will be
proportionately less than anticipated as well. The town has received three
separate 80/20 grants totaling $1,074,394 from the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission, to defray engineering and construction
expenses as well as right-of-way acquisition and wetland mitigation.
request, members voted unanimously to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie
Kuziela to cut a check to NIPSCO--using CEDIT funding--to cover the town’s
share of the construction contract, roughly $110,000.
Phase II of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail provides for the continuation of the eight-foot
sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from Rosehill Estates to South 11th
Street; and on the south side of 1100N from South 11th Street to South Fifth
Street. O’Dell at the moment expects the project to be completed sometime in
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced an aggressive program of
crack sealing this year.
Among the roadways
and areas on his list: the entirety of the Prairie Duneland Trail; the
municipal complex’s parking lot; 1050N between South Fifth Street and South
11th Street; 1050N from Babcock Road to Ind. 149; South 11th Street from
1050 to 1100N; West Morgan Ave. from 19th Street to 23rd Street; Jefferson
Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Fifth Street; portions of the
Westchester South subdivision; and all of the Duneland Trails subdivision.
estimated the total cost of this season’s crack sealing program--exclusive
of the Prairie Duneland phase, which will be covered with park bond
reported that he expects the Building Department this month to issue the
first permit for a new home at the Easton Park subdivision, located at the
east of 250E at the terminus of East Porter Ave.
When Easton Park is
built out, it will be the single largest subdivision ever developed in the
Town of Chesterton, at 342 single-family homes.
reported that, per the planned unit development ordinance, a six-foot
privacy fence will be erected the length of the subdivision along the east
side of 250E.
The developers also
plan on building a six-foot fence on either side of the subdivision’s
entrance road, essentially an extension of East Porter Ave., but that the
PUD ordinance will first have to be amended.
Migratory Bird Sanctuary
DeLaney, R-5th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his
admiration for the work that’s been done by the Porter County Parks
Foundation on the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located on South
11th Street directly opposite the rear entrance to the Westchester
“They have done an
absolutely wonderful job with what they’ve been given,” DeLaney said. “And
if you have not walked the site, you’d be very impressed by what we have in
our own town.”
The Sanctuary is
being developed in a wetland which--a half century ago--served as the town’s