Commissioner John Schnadenberg is eyeing the re-pave this season of four
roads serving the town’s tax increment financing district this year.
At Monday night’s
meeting of the Redevelopment Commission, Schnadenberg submitted a proposed
project list for members to take under advisement.
Sidewalk Road from Kelle Drive to 200E, then 200E south to Harrington Road.
Old North Calumet Road from Ind. 49 to the town’s corporate limit.
* Aherns Road,
where the Jiffy Lube is located, between Roberts Road and Sand Creek Drive
* And Sand Creek
Drive North from Sandpiper Drive south to Michael Drive.
Schnadenberg is proposing to install decorative sleeves on street signs on
East Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to Ind. 49, at an estimated cost of
members that Sidewalk Road and that stretch of 200E north of Harrington Road
are both in fairly rough condition, but now that Olthof Homes LLC is nearing
its build-out at Morgan’s Corner--and the heavy use of those roadways by
cement trucks and other construction vehicles should soon come to an
end--“it’s time to put some money into that road and fix it up.”
In other business,
Town Manager Bernie Doyle drew members’ attention to a bill approved by the
Indiana House and now referred to the Senate--H.B. 1596--which he said could
potentially restrict the ways redevelopment commissions may use TIF moneys.
bill would prohibit the use of TIF revenues outside the TIF district unless
the redevelopment commission adopts a declaratory resolution that finds that
the expenditures will directly benefit the TIF district or will result in
the creation or retention of jobs in the private sector.
The bill “would
drastically broaden the impact on TIF expenditures,” Doyle said. “It’s a bad
bill. Any use of TIF funds we are used to would be affected. It goes without
saying what the Town of Chesterton’s landscape would look like without TIF
would like to completely eliminate TIF districts,” Doyle added. “It’s
broadened to where it’s in the danger area.”
voted unanimously to adopt a resolution against H.B. 1596. Later in the
evening, at its own meeting, the Town Council did so as well.
Fiber Optic Update
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that fiber optic conduit has been bored under
both the Norfolk Southern and CSX lines, on its way to Yost Elementary
School, and that the fiber itself should be pulled through sometime in the
next two weeks.
But O’Dell said
that he’s still working on obtaining the necessary permits from Amtrak to
get the conduit underneath its set of tracks.
2019 Election of
By unanimous votes
Member Dane Lafata was elected president of the commission for 2019 and
Member Emerson DeLaney vice-president.
Board Rep Welcomed
Member Nick Walding
took a moment at the end of Monday’s meeting to welcome the Duneland School
Board’s new representative on the commission: John Marshall, who succeeds
Mike Trout, who retired his seat on the School Board at the end of 2018.
“I look forward to
serving,” Marshall said. “I know I’ve got big shoes to fill but I’m being
brought up to speed.”
Under Indiana Code,
school boards may appoint one member to a non-voting seat on local