replacement of a natural-gas main along North Calumet Road was supposed to
have been a four- to five-week project.
Now, as Chesterton
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night, the project is in its eighth or ninth week.
Which is beginning
to concern Schnadenberg, as a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure
grant has been secured to re-pave North Calumet Road this season between
Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing. The idea was
always to re-pave North Calumet Road after NIPSCO finished the main
replacement, but now it’s nearly October and Schnadenberg has misgivings
about doing any paving work that late in the season. “I really don’t like
paving in October,” he said. “There’s a lot of problems associated with
So Schnadenberg has
put NIPSCO on notice that the milling of North Calumet Road will begin on
Monday, Sept. 21, and has urged the company to put as many workers on the
job as necessary to get it done prior to Monday. Schnadenberg did note that
the actual main has been replaced but that crews are still connecting
residential and commercial service laterals to the new line.
seek alternative routes next week if possible. Schnadenberg believes that
the southbound lane will remain open but the northbound lane will be closed,
with motorists re-routed to Wabash Ave., Locust Street, and Woodlawn Ave.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg and Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell to research the feasibility of obtaining a matching grant which would
allow the town to purchase and install in emergency responses vehicles a
traffic signal preemption system for the light at Ind. 49 and Indian
Such a system would
allow police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, and even snowplow
operators to change, from their vehicles, red lights at the intersection to
“It would help a
lot of different services beyond emergency services,” Fire Chief John Jarka
The grant is being
offered through the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
wearing his Building Commissioner’s hat, reported that work has begun on the
Dollar General on Broadway. The first step: clearing trees from the lot.
Also, O’Dell said:
Aldi has submitted plans for its new grocery store on the site of the
demolished Kmart on Indian Boundary Road.
CPD Body Cameras
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, took a moment on behalf of Police Chief Dave Cincoski--who was
unavailable to attend Monday’s meeting--to answer a query raised by several
residents, namely, whether Chesterton Police officers are equipped with body
Not only are CPD
officers equipped with body cameras, their vehicles are equipped with in-car
cameras as well, Ton said.
Both cameras are
now in use by all patrol officers, Ton said.
The camera systems
were purchased in February 2019 at a cost of $212,900 over five years. In
advance of that purchase, the Police Commission voted unanimously to adopt a
Standard Operating Procedure governing the use of body and in-car cameras,
as reported at the time by the Chesterton Tribune.
unanimously to hold a hearing on the 2021 budget at a special meeting,
scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, and Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare want
local businesses to know that the Chesterton Economic Development Company (CEDC)
still has more than $100,000 in funds available to loan to businesses.
(Chesterton Hometown Asset Maximization Program) loans may be used for any
purpose, including rehab, upgrade, and equipment or furniture purchases.
The 2-percent loan
must be re-paid in full after five years, with two installments per year. A
maximum loan amount has not been set. The CEDC is capitalized at $120,000.
available online at
www.chestertonin.org or at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 1490 Broadway.
The CECD reviews all applications and forwards its recommendations to the
Town Council for action.
The CEDC loan
program dates to 1986, when the town received a federal grant, of which
around $100,000 remains.