NIPSCO is preparing
to replace a natural-gas main along North Calumet Road between Indian
Boundary Road and Grant Ave., Chesterton Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg announced at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.
Work could begin
this week, Schnadenberg said, but will be much less invasive than similar
projects in the past and will probably require only temporary road closures.
NIPSCO will be
replacing the current main, on the west side of the road, with a new one on
the east side. But rather than digging a trench along the entire route,
NIPSCO will be boring, with some minimal excavation every 400 feet or so. A
few panels of sidewalk will likely need to be replaced, Schnadenberg noted.
When the new main
is completed, the transition from the old one should be seamless,
Schnadenberg said, with no disruptions in gas service expected. The old main
will then be abandoned and left in place.
The project should
take around 30 days to complete, and then North Calumet Road will be
re-paved between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk-Southern railroad
right-of-way, one of the projects being funded this year by a 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that INDOT is in the preliminary stages
of planning a large-scale intersection improvement project along Ind. 49, at
Indian Boundary Road, East Porter Ave., 1100N, and Gateway Blvd.
The project itself
is some three years out, but INDOT has already been in communication with
the town about it, O’Dell said. Among other things, INDOT is eyeing the
widening of the intersections and the addition of dual turn lanes.
“It would improve
the level of service a lot,” Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune
after the meeting, by increasing the volume of traffic which can move
through the intersections in a given cycle, without the need to alter the
timing of the traffic signals.
The Old Travel
O’Dell, wearing his
Building Commissioner’s hat, reported that he’s been receiving calls about
the old travel agency at the southeast corner of East Porter Ave. and South
Calumet Road, which is currently being remodeled.
The owner of the
property, BenLew Enterprises LLC, is in the process of seeking a number of
variances from the Board of Zoning Appeals, mostly related to the
subdivision of the site into two separate parcels, a B-3 lot where the
travel agency was located and an R-1 lot where the old house to the west is
located. BenLew hasn’t yet presented its plans for the B-3 property to the
BZA, but O’Dell is hopeful. “It’s B-3,” he said, “so a lot of good uses can
go in there.”
reported that he expects to receive plans within the next few weeks for the
new Dollar General on the old Lipinski property on Broadway.
unanimously to take under advisement Odisei Miron’s petition for a
right-of-way agreement, under which he would be permitted to gravel the
platted but unimproved segment of Center Street in Crocker, between Elgin
and Ritter streets.
Miron told the
council that he wants to build a house and use the unplatted portion of
Center Street as his driveway.
however, Donna Barr, expressed concerns from the floor, saying that the
owner of the property in question--possibly by the previous owner--used the
property for the storage of RVs, trucks, and other large vehicles, and that
damage was caused to mailboxes and landscaping when those vehicles were
driven off the property onto Elgin Street, where she lives.
That was the old
property owner’s deal, Miron said, not his. “I’m trying to be a good
neighbor and keep it clean.”
Members also voted
unanimously to hold a public hearing at their Aug. 10 meeting on Tammy
Symmes’ petition for a vacation of the portion of platted but unimproved
Union Ave. adjacent to her residence at 723 S. Jackson Blvd.