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Removal of pavers at Coffee Creek Center set to start May 1

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Work is scheduled to begin Monday, May 1, on what’s likely to be the single most involved--and traffic snarling--project of the season in the Town of Chesterton: the removal of the brick pavers in Coffee Creek Center and their replacement with an asphalt road surface.

So MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported to the Stormwater Management Board at its meeting Monday night.

The Lake Erie Land Company has awarded the project’s contract to Walsh & Kelly Inc. and Gadzala said that she’s currently in pre-construction meetings with the contractor.

Phase I of the operation: Kelle Drive south of Sidewalk Road, then south along Village Point to Voyage Blvd.

Walsh & Kelly has been in contact with the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, which is scheduling events in the Preserve with the work schedule in mind.

The project promises to be an involved one. To build an asphalt roadway to town specifications, the pavers and the layer of sand beneath them will have to be removed. Then the stone sub-surface, eight to 11 inches deep, will have to be removed, actually under-dug, to a depth of approximately 21 inches. Then, per town spec, 12 inches of stone will be laid, topped by nine inches of asphalt to bring the road surface up to grade.

Drainage Project

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that in-house work has begun on a flood-prone alley off North Calumet Road, between Grant Ave. and Wabash Ave.

A crew will be piping the gravel alley, when time allows, in advance of its being paved later this season, Schnadenberg said.

The alley will remain open to traffic throughout the project, he added. When work ends for the day, the pipe will be capped and the trench filled in.

Swag Bags

Meanwhile, Gadzala gave each member the latest product of the Stormwater Utility’s water quality public education and outreach program: a tote bag containing, among other things, a full range of literature: “Be Water Wise,” “Only Rain Down the Drain,” “Keep Chesterton Beautiful,” “Leave It on the Lawn,” “Recycle the Rain,” and “Let’s Talk About Poop.”

The tote also features a rain gauge, a coffee mug and coasters, and a pen.

The tote will be presented to businesses and individuals in the community as part of the Stormwater Utility’s ongoing efforts to educate the public about the importance of keeping storm runoff clean.

March in Review

In March the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $25,692 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $66,552.


Posted 4/18/2017




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