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
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.
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
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
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
That project is one
of six being partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings state
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.
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,
* Taste of Duneland,
* Hometown Holiday
Celebration, Nov. 30.
* Mistletoe Market,
The banners will be
placed at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road;
and on East Porter Ave.