The Town of
Chesterton has grown by just under five acres.
At its meeting
Tuesday night, the Town Council voted unanimously on first and second
reading to approve an ordinance annexing 4.7 acres owned by Richard Blount
on the south side of 1100N just west of Dogwood Park.
No one spoke in
favor of the annexation and no one in opposition at a public hearing which
preceded the vote.
The property comes
in as five lots zoned R-1, on one of which is a pre-existing home, attorney
Greg Babcock told the council. The other four are buildable and valued at
approximately $200,000 each.
The town will
benefit slightly from the annexation, Babcock noted, from the additional
assessed valuation, from the impact fee payable to the Parks & Recreation
Department on completion of each new home, from the sewer rates and tie-on
fees incurred by each, and from the $1,000 donation to the Street Department
which Blount has agreed to make to defray any equipment needs exacerbated by
the annexation, Babcock noted.
Of course, the
smallness of the annexation means that none of these benefits will be very
great but then its very smallness also means that the new incorporated area
won’t place much of an additional strain on municipal services, Babcock
Re: Fox Chase Farms
In other business,
members voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing at their next
meeting, June 8, on the creation of a “special utility area” serving the Fox
Chase Farms subdivision and the Whispering Sands Mobile Home Park, to both
of which the Utility is extending sanitary service to replace their failing
sewage treatment systems.
The purpose of the
special utility area: to re-capture, from the fees, rates, and charges paid
by the residents of the two communities, the 0-percent, 20-year loan which
the Utility expects to receive from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) to
finance the $2.1-million extension. The SRF has also signaled its
willingness to award a $750,000 grant for the project.
ratepayers are not on the hook for any part of the extension’s cost.
Morgan’s Corner PUD,
Members also voted
unanimously on first and second reading to amend the planned unit
development ordinance governing the Morgan’s Corner subdivision at Coffee
The first key
amendment: a reduction in the total number of lots, from 178 to 126, making
each lot considerably roomier and the entire subdivision far less dense, a
significant move away from the original designers’ New Urbanist philosophy
calling for smaller lots to encourage a more neighborly proximity between
The other key
amendment: the elimination of alleys to accommodate storm sewers.
Olthof Homes LLC,
in talks with the Lake Erie Land Company to purchase a large portion of the
property in Morgan’s Corner, had sought the amendments.
headquartered in Lake Station, expects to offer a variety of homes with six
different floor plans and a price range from the upper $200,000s to the
To date, 22 lots
have been developed in Morgan’s Corner, and none of them more recently than
eight or nine years ago.
Waiver from Town
voted unanimously to grant Shawn Woodard’s petition for a waiver from the
Town Standard requiring a sidewalk in front of all new construction.
Woodard has built
the home at the southeast corner of West Porter Ave. and 15th Street, in an
older neighborhood without sidewalks.
Staff signed off on
the waiver, after Woodard showed he’d completed a punch-list of items
necessary for an occupancy permit, including the proper grading of his lot.
Finally, at Street
Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members voted unanimously
to amend the Town Standard requiring the use of limestone only as a base for
roadways. Builders now will have the option to use limestone or certain
kinds of slag.
“The material has
improved over the years,” Schnadenberg said. “And it’s less costly than
limestone. This gives builders an alternative to limestone.”