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North Calumet Road set for repave October 12

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Already postponed once, the re-pave of North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing is now scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12.

So Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

As Schnadenberg told the council at its last meeting, NIPSCO’s gas-main replacement project along North Calumet Road was supposed to be a four- to five-week job. It’s now been about three months, and Schnadenberg is getting antsy, as October weather is historically an iffy time to be laying asphalt.

The problem: NIPSCO’s contractor, Michels Pipe Line Construction Inc., “fell behind the completion date,” Schnadenberg said. But he’s now been “assured” that the project will be finished next week.

The North Calumet Road re-pave is the last job this season partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant, and Schnadenberg is seriously hopeful that weather doesn’t force the postponement of the project yet again. “I hate to think we’ll have to drive on that road for the next few months,” he noted. “We’ll have to wait to see what the weather is like.”

Should the project go forward as scheduled on Oct. 12, motorists should seek alternative routes if possible. Schnadenberg believes that the southbound lane will remain open but the northbound lane will be closed, with traffic re-routed to Wabash Ave., Locust Street, and Woodlawn Ave.

Dollar General/Aldi

In other business, Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell reported that construction of the new Dollar General building is now underway and moving quickly, on the site of the former Lipinski Automotive in the 1300 block of Broadway.

“They’re working on the footings now and hope to have it up in 90 days,” O’Dell said.

Meanwhile, O’Dell added, the Building Department is currently reviewing plans for the new Aldi on the site of the old Kmart store, in the 700 block of Indian Boundary Road.

New Street Department Liaison

Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to ask colleague Dane Lafata, D-3rd, whether Lafata might be amenable to accepting Kittredge’s liaisonship to the Street Department.

Lafata said that he’d be happy to, and members approved the transfer of responsibility by consensus.

Lincoln Ave. Fence

Earlier in the meeting, members strongly urged Kelly Foster and Dennis Maxwell, residing at 401 S. 10th St., to heed O’Dell’s order to remove a fence which they built on the established Lincoln Ave. right-of-way on the north side of their property.

O’Dell issued that order on Sept. 23, after determining not only that the fence was built on a public right-of-way but was erected without a valid building permit. Foster and Maxwell are liable to a $2,500 per day fine should they not remove the fence within the 10-day period allowed by O’Dell’s order.

Foster and Maxwell were hopeful of obtaining a vacation of that portion of Lincoln Ave. but members indicated that granting such a vacation would establish a bad precedent.

 

Posted 9/29/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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