August is looking
to be another busy month for the Chesterton Street Department, with work
soon set to start on the season's last two high-profile paving projects.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting
Monday night, Indiana American Water Company's contractor has finally
completed the installation of a new main in South Park Acres, which means
that sometime before the end of the month Rieth-Riley Construction Company
will mill and re-pave the entirety of that subdivision, including South Park
Drive, Timber Court, and Elm Court.
is still at work on the installation of new natural-gas main along North
Calumet Road. When that job is done, North Calumet Road between Indian
Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way will also be
milled and re-paved.
The South Park
Acres and North Calumet Road projects are being partially funded by a 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant. Rieth Riley, the low bidder,
was awarded the $370,999.95 contract for both in June.
business, Schandeberg reported that the sidewalk on the south side of
Broadway between 18th and 19th streets has been replaced. "It was in pretty
rough shape," he noted, after years of tree-root growth had buckled it in
places like an accordion.
Next up: the
sidewalk on the east side of South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and
Jefferson Ave. That stretch of South Calumet Road was closed today to allow
the staging of heavy equipment.
Both projects are
being done in-house, Schnandeberg said, and to date the Street Department
has replaced 1,257 feet of sidewalk this season, in addition to the West
Indiana Ave. project late last spring, where Walsh & Kelly replaced the
sidewalk on the north side of the road all the way from Sixth Street to
South 15th Street.
Wabash Ave. Sewer
In other business,
Utility Superintendent Dave Ryan told the council that Wabash Ave. between
North Eighth Street and Locust Street would be closed again today, as crews
worked to repair a failed sanitary sewer main near the Wabash Ave. townhomes.
The top of the main
gave way at the point where a private service lateral is connected, Ryan
told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.
CFD Out of the
Chief John Jarka advised the council that the CFD is out of the running for
a fire truck which the National Park Service is looking to donate to another
Jarka did say at
the council's last meeting that interest in the truck is high and that the
application process highly competitive.