Commissioner John Schnadenberg has submitted an application for a 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant which would partially fund a
pair of major re-paving projects this season.
The first: North
Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern
The second: the
whole of South Park Acres, including South Park Drive, Timber Court, and Elm
As Schnadenberg told
the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, he’s chosen these two projects
because in both cases extensive--and invasive--utility work is being planned
for 2020. NIPSCO is looking to move a natural-gas main from the west side of
North Calumet Road to the east side; while Indiana American Water Company (IAWC)
expects to replace the water main in South Park Acres.
“If you can get 50
percent of your projects funded, that’s a good thing,” Schnadenberg said.
the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that NIPSCO and IAWC have
pretty much committed to the utility work. Matching funds for the North
Calumet Road re-pave would come from tax increment financing funds, as North
Calumet Road is located in the Town of Chesterton’s original TIF district.
Matching funds for the South Park Acres re-pave would come from the proceeds
of the $1.8-million general obligation bond issued in 2018 exclusively for
that both North Calumet Road and South Park Drive are already in rough
shape, and it will only get rougher after NIPSCO and IAWC have taken
excavators to them. “So this would be a good chance to get them re-paved,”
West Indiana Ave.
Another project to
be funded with the GO bond revenues this year is the replacement of the
sidewalk along the north side of West Indiana Ave. roughly from Sixth Street
to South 15th Street.
On Monday the
council voted unanimously to authorize Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to solicit
quotes for that project, to be opened at its Feb. 24 meeting.
O’Dell told the
Tribune after the meeting that exactly how much of the sidewalk gets
replaced depends on the amount of money left from the GO bond.
In other business,
O’Dell reported the demolition of the old Kmart on Indian Boundary Road has
nearly been completed. “The Kmart building is almost down,” he said, then
added that the owners of the property--a New Jersey real estate firm--have
been in conversations with the Utility about a sanitary sewer service
application for a building permit or other paperwork has yet been submitted
to the Building Department, so O’Dell was unable to say what exactly the New
Jersey firm has planned for the site.
From the CFD
Jennifer Fisher, I-5th, and Jim Ton, R-1st, congratulated the Fire
Department on taking delivery of Engine 515, as reported by Friday’s edition
of the Trib.
There’s one issue,
however, which needs to be hashed out: the engine was delivered well after
the contract date, resulting in $21,000 in “liquidated damages.” Fire Chief
John Jarka said that the $21,000 could simply come off the top of the
contract price--dropping it from $505,746 to $484,746--or could instead be
used as a credit at the dealer, Spartan/Smeal of Valparaiso, for the
purchase of new extrication equipment.
“New car technology
has changed a lot,” Jarka said. “Our cutters are 30 years old. They cut but
they don’t cut like they used to.”
unanimously to take the matter under advisement after Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann expressed an interest in researching the issue first.
Members also voted
unanimously, at Jarka’s request, to declare surplus--with an estimated value
of $5,000--the CFD’s 1988 Chevrolet Grumman command van. “The town really
has no need of this vehicle,” observed Fisher, the council’s liaison to the
CFD. And Jarka added that these vans are increasingly being converted into
voted unanimously to approve an ordinance authorizing the employment of Dave
Lohse as Building Official III, following his upcoming retirement from the
serves as Assistant Police Chief.
The position of
Building Official has been vacant since the retirement last year of Ed
Earlier in the
evening, at the regular monthly meeting of the Redevelopment Commission,
members voted unanimously to elect Jeff Trout the 2020 president; Nick
Walding vice-president; and Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare secretary.