Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell has completed a prioritized list of
projects to be funded by a proposed stormwater bond issue.
The total estimated cost of the 16 projects: at least $1,182,500, or about
$182,500 more than the likely upper limit of the issue, which Associate Town
Attorney Chuck Parkinson put at between $800,000 and $1 million.
The list, in order of priority:
•The clearing of the Lincoln Street storm basin in the area of 23rd Street.
•A stormwater lift station to be built in the alley behind Val’s Pizza to
drain the lowest area in town during heavy rains. Cost: $125,000.
•A second lift station to be built in an alley off 11th Street just north of
West Porter Ave. Cost: $125,000.
•Drainage work in the Western Acres subdivision. Cost: $75,000.
•Drainage work to alleviate flooding on 11th Street in the area of
Chesterton High School. Cost: undetermined and dependent on the engineer
•Work on the Pope O’Connor Ditch in the area of 1100N. Cost: undetermined.
•The installation of best management practices at the Crocker compost site.
•Drainage work on Gladys Lane in the Westchester South subdivision. Cost:
•Work on the CSX ditch. Cost: $75,000 plus railroad permit fees.
•Stormsewer repairs on 23rd Street. Cost: $250,000 based on 800 feet of pipe
in need of repair).
•Work on ditches and culverts in the Morningside subdivision. Cost: $50,000.
•Closing and piping the open ditch on the north side of West Porter Ave.
between 19th and 23rd streets. Cost: $150,000.
•Replacement of a stormwater sewer on Taylor Street. Cost: $50,000.
•Work on an open ditch on 1100N east of the CVS Pharmacy. Cost: $75,000.
•Extension of a stormwater sewer in the area of 23rd and Wood streets. Cost:
•Drainage work in the 1000 block of Park Ave. Cost: $50,000.
“We’ll try to get through what we can,” O’Dell told the board. “Obviously we
can’t do them all.”
In related business, members voted 3-0 to engage the London Witte Group of
Indianapolis at its contracted bond consultant, at a price not to exceed
The last payment on the 2000 stormwater bond issue—which totaled $835,000—is
due on Dec. 1. That issue financed several large-scale drainage projects,
including one on 21st Street and another on Wabash Ave.