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Jim Ton interested in ban on jake brakes on Ind. 49

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Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, wants to know whether the town has the jurisdiction to ban truckers’ use of jake brakes on Ind. 49.

Ton took a moment at the end of the council’s meeting Monday night to note that residents of Morgan Park and 1100N have approached him about the prevalence of the jack-hammer noise which jake brakes make in their neighborhoods.

Jake brake is the common term for a compression-release engine braking system installed on some diesel engines. When activated, jake brakes make a loud exhaust noise, prompting many communities to prohibit their use.

As Ton noted, however, the Indiana Department of Transportation has jurisdiction on Ind. 49. “It’s their road and I’m not sure if on our own we can enforce a ban on jake brakes,” he said. “But it has become a concern.”

Ton added that he’s meeting with INDOT officials next week.


In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that this season’s paving jobs have been completed and--with the exception of one block on East Indiana Ave. in Morgan Park--so have the sidewalk replacement projects.

There were two major paving projects this year funded with a combination of tax increment financing revenues and a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant: South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton post office; and Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road and then north to Woodlawn Ave.

Otherwise, however, the Street Department mostly played small-ball, with a host of two- or three-block paving jobs.

Next year’s paving projects, on the other hand, will be much more extensive, on the strength of a $1.8-million general obligation bond issued earlier this summer for roadwork and sidewalk improvements.

From the Parks

Meanwhile, Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the excavation in Thomas Centennial Park made to install a sanitary sewer line for the boxcar restroom has been graded and seeded.

He also reported that the splash pad at Chesterton Park has been closed for the season.

Remembering 9/11

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, asked the public at the end of Monday’s meeting to honor the memory of the martyrs killed 17 years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Remember what it means to us,” he said.


Posted 9/11/2018




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