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Next round of stormwater bond projects set to begin

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The Chesterton Stormwater Utility is gearing up for the next round of bond projects.

At the Stormwater Management Board’s meeting Monday night, stormwater engineer Chris Nesper reported that five new projects are on the table:

* Work on the 36-inch main along 23rd Street.

* A solution to the ponding problem in the 1000 block of Park Ave.

* Covering the ditch along the north side of West Porter Ave. between 19th and 23rd streets.

* Covering the ditch along the south side of 1100N east of CVS.

* And the replacement of some culverts in the Morningside subdivision.

The projects are being funded with the proceeds of a $880,000 bond issued late in 2011. Bond projects already completed: the cleaning of the Lincoln Ave. detention basin, located off 23rd Street by the Prairie Duneland Trail; two repairs of stormwater lines along 23rd Street; the repair of a failed line on Taylor Street.

Meanwhile, the Val’s stormwater lift station--another bond project--is very nearly completed and should be on line soon, Nesper said, while engineering for a similar lift station to pump out an alley off 11th Street is almost done.


In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala warned all residents that dumping anything at all into a storm drain--besides storm water--is punishable by a $100 per incident fine.

Prompting Gadzala to issue her warning is her investigation of a complaint made by a person who observed two residents disposing of dog feces in a storm drain off 23rd Street.

A letter of warning was sent to the residents, Gadzala said.

“Only rain in the drain,” she added.


Meanwhile, by votes of 3-0 members approved two expenditures, one of $2,700 and the other of no more than $8,000, for invasive plant management at two constructed wetlands at Dogwood Park.

One of the wetlands was established with the assistance of a Lake Michigan Coastal Program grant to manage stormwater runoff from the expanded parking areas at the park.

Cardno JFNew will be doing the work, which includes periodic inspection and treatments of an herbicide application, to prevent the wetlands from being choked by invasive vegetation.

Bark in the Park

The Stormwater Utility ran another hugely successful booth at this year’s Bark in the Park, the annual event sponsored by the Duneland Business Initiative Group, Gadzala said.

She and President Tom Kopko handed out 300 dog waste bag dispensers and information cards. Other swag included rain gauges, children’s temporary tattoos, and Leave It On The Lawn brochures.

Water & Me Day

Gadzala also reported that, in a partnership with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, a Water & Me Day will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, to kids registered for the Chesterton Summer Parks Program.

The event will be filled with games and activities aimed at water quality education. “The kids will get wet,” Gadzala noted.

Lunch will be provided.

June in Review

The Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $8,960 in June and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $7,760.


Posted 7/16/2013