Commissioner John Schnadenberg was out of town last week but--“thanks to
modern technology,” as he put it at Monday night’s Town Council meeting--he
still managed to keep abreast of the temporary flooding which befell parts
of the town on Thursday, Aug. 18, following a 1.41-inch, 90-minute deluge.
“I was getting
email, pictures, videos,” Schnadenberg said.
Not that he could
do much where he was. Not--more to the point--that anyone could do much,
except wait for the storm sewers to catch up and the “limited” flood waters
“No storm sewers
are made that are capable of handling that much water,” Schnadenberg noted,
at least none of the 12-inch sewers installed in Chesterton.
Despite the new
stormwater lift station installed in the alley behind Val’s Famous Pizzas,
at Broadway and 11th Street, the pizzeria’s restaurant flooded anyway,
Schnadenberg added. It wasn’t the lift station’s fault. “It worked
perfectly” and was busily pumping 400 gallons of stormwater per minute, but
it still couldn’t keep up. “There was so much water, so fast,” he said.
thank the Chesterton Fire Department for sending a piece of apparatus to
Val’s to pump out water.
NIPSCO and the
In other business,
Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that he, Utility Superintendent Dave
Ryan, and NIPSCO’s public affairs manager, Rick Calinski, have a meeting
scheduled to discuss power reliability and in particular the occasional
interruption of electric service to the wastewater treatment plant.
An outage during a
storm on July 24 led to the release into the Little Calumet River of some
128,000 gallons of untreated wastewater, after the plant’s backup generator
failed. Staff subsequently determined that a previous--and
undiscovered--lightning strike had probably damaged a key part of the
But Ryan has
expressed concern over other interruptions of electric service not evidently
connected to storms.
Earlier in the
evening, at the Redevelopment Commission’s regularly scheduled monthly
meeting, Schnadenberg reported that Lawson-Fisher Associates is continuing
to develop specifications for the asphalting of the currently brick-pavered
roadways in Coffee Creek Center.
The Lake Erie Land
Company (LEL) has not yet determined whether it will, in fact, replace the
pavers with asphalt or simply replace the missing pavers.
But if LEL does
elect to rip out the pavers and put in asphalt, it’s not certain that any of
the work will be done this year, Schnadenberg said. The project could
potentially go out to bid this fall, but there may be no contractors
interested in taking the job this late in the season.
Yellow Recycling Bins?
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to observe the 25th
anniversary of the beginning of the town’s recycling program.
yellow bins which inaugurated the program now seem awfully small compared to
the 95-gallon wheeled garbage cans now dedicated to recycling. But that’s a
good thing, Ton said, as the town’s ultimate goal should be for recycling to
be collected every week and garbage every other week.