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NIRPC gives high grade to Phase III of Chesterton's Westchester-Liberty Trail

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By KEVIN NEVERS

It would be three years at least before ground is broken--and in any event there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip--but Phase III of the Westchester-Liberty Trail has received the Northwestern Indiana Regional Plan Commission’s highest grade for a multi-use trail project in NIRPC’s most recent review of proposed transportation projects from the three counties.

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

Phase III would continue the eight-foot sidewalk along 1100N from South Fifth Street to 100E. It would be constructed on the north side of 1100N, but approximately half way between the two intersections a spur on the south side would be built leading into park property in the Tamarack subdivision, then continue through the neighborhood until debouching onto 100E where it meets Rail Road, thus effectively linking Dogwood Park with Coffee Creek Center.

NIRPC’s score of the project: 75, two points higher than a Marquette Greenway trail project submitted by Hammond.

The total estimated cost of Phase III: $1,406,250. The town’s portion of the cost: $352,000, with the balance being funded with federal moneys, O’Dell said.

O’Dell noted that MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala and Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg assisted in preparing the Phase III application to NIRPC. No construction money would be available until 2022 at the earliest, but if start-up funds were to be released earlier, then Phase III could be engineered ahead of time and ready to go when INDOT got the greenlight from NIRPC to let the project, O’Dell added.

Wayfaring Signage

In other business, on O’Dell’s recommendation members voted unanimously to authorize the expenditure of $11,261 for the purchase of wayfaring signage along Chesterton’s stretch of the Prairie Duneland Trail.

The signage is part of a NIRPC project under which uniform wayfaring signage will be erected along the entirety of the Prairie Duneland Trail and other trails in Lake County.

Total cost of the signage: $56,302, the balance of which will be funded through a NIRPC grant.

A check in the amount of $11,261 will actually be made over to the Town of Highland, which agreed to be the lead municipality in the project.

“It’s a good idea to have the signs matching,” said Member Dane Lafata, D-3rd.

11th Street Paving Bids

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg reminded the council that it will be opening bids at its next meeting, Feb. 25, for the re-pave of South 11th Street between Park Ave. and 1100.

That project is one of six being partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

Schnadenberg added that he and O’Dell are still specing out the final project: the replacement of curbs along East Morgan Ave. in Morgan Park.

New Fire Engine

Fire Chief John Jarka, for his part, reported on his trip last week to Brandon, S.D., to consult on the manufacture of the CFD’s new engine, being purchased from Smeal/Spartan Fire Apparatus of Valparaiso for $508,746.

Jarka said that he suggested some modifications to the frame which should significantly reduce the potential for corrosion to the new engine.

The council agreed to purchase a new engine last year after the CFD’s main backup engine, Engine 512, a 2000 Pierce Saber, lost its rear axle and threw the differential during routine driver training.

Chamber Banners

Members also voted unanimously to approve Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s request for the placement of banners two weeks in advance of the following events this year:

* Corkscrew & Brew, March 16.

* Taste of Duneland, Aug. 31.

* Hometown Holiday Celebration, Nov. 30.

* Mistletoe Market, Dec. 7.

The banners will be placed at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road; and on East Porter Ave.

 

 

Posted 2/12/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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