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Leaf collection to continue through the end of the week

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The Chesterton Street Department is still collecting leaves, frozen though the piles may be and buried under snow.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Except, he added, “we’re just using pitch forks instead of rakes.”

Schnadenberg said that he hopes to complete this season’s leaf program by the end of the week. “It’s been a long season.”

Asphalt Contract

In other business, members voted unanimously to award the 2019 asphalt contract--on Schnadenberg’s recommendation--to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder: Rieth-Riley Construction Company of Gary.

Rieth-Riley’s bid, based on Schnadenberg’s specified calculations for the amount of asphalt which will be needed next year: $613,725. The only other bid was $659,700, submitted by Walsh & Kelly Construction of Griffith.

Next year’s paving season promises to be a busy one, with six projects which will be partially funded through a $444,617 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant awarded to the town:

* The re-pave of South 11th Street from Park Ave. to 1100N.

* The re-pave of South Eighth Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway.

* The re-pave of 100E from 1100N to 1050N.

* The re-pave of West Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street.

* The re-pave of South 15th Street from Broadway to Washington Ave.

* And the replacement of curbs along East Morgan Ave. from Coffee Creek Park east to Roosevelt Street.

Earlier this year the council issued a $1.8-million general obligation bond to finance a long list of roadwork and sidewalk repairs.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to make or endorse the following appointments:

* They re-appointed Member Jim Ton, R-1st, as the Town of Chesterton’s representative on the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s Board.

* They endorsed the Porter County Council’s re-appointment of Lisa Wodrich as the Tri-Towns’ representative on the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission. Wodrich’s re-appointment must also be endorsed by one or the other of the Tri-Towns, Porter or Burns Harbor. Wodrich, with her husband, owns Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill and Third Coast Spice Cafe.

* And they endorsed the Porter County Council’s appointment of Redevelopment Commission Member Nick Walding to the Chesterton Economic Development Company. Council Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, is the incumbent in that seat but said he would gladly step down if another person expressed interest in the appointment.

Urban Forestry

In addition, members voted unanimously to proclaim, retroactively, the week of April 23-28, 2018, Urban Forestry Days in the Town of Chesterton, and Saturday, April 28, Arbor Day.

Refuse Write-offs

And members voted unanimously to write-off four uncollectible refuse accounts totaling $183.48.

Typically, uncollectible accounts are the spin-off result of property foreclosures, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela noted, but the town has become much more aggressive in slapping liens on those properties.



Posted 12/11/2018




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