The deadman slab
was poured on Monday morning, to secure underground and in perpetuity the
control vault for the splash pad at Coffee Creek Park.
So Chesterton Park
Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported to the Town Council at its meeting
That’s 14 cubic
yards of concrete, 18 feet wide, 12 feet long, and 26 inches thick:
something on the order of 56,000 pounds or 28 tons, buried six feet below
the surface. Which means that, thousands of years from now, archaeologists
will likely be scratching their heads in wonder at the strange manner of
tomb or temple or altar built by the good people of Chesterton in the
The idea: to anchor
for all time the splash pad’s control vault, which early in May, after heavy
rains had super-saturated the soil, was forced up and out of the ground by
hydrostatic pressure, shearing off the pipes in the process.
Mathias told the
Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that the vault has been anchored to
the slab in two ways: first by a series of L-clamps welded to the bottom of
the vault, and then by several bars inserted into the vault’s casing and
running its length, both L-clamps and bars embedded in the concrete.
The slab will take
about a week to cure, at which time Mathias will begin repairs on the pipes
themselves. When the splash pad will be returned to service is not yet
Mathis did take a
moment to express his gratitude to everyone who assisted with the pour:
Assistant Park Superintendent Shane Griffin, Mark Lynk and Scott Sewart of
the Street Department, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, Kaci Colbert of the
Stormwater Utility, old construction hands Scot McCord, Mike Ayers, and Mike
Quinn, and Joe Wagner of Joe’s Towing for transporting the slab’s rebar
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that Phase I of this season’s
paving work has been completed, with the striping of West Porter Ave.
between South Calumet Road and Eighth Street; and 100E between 1100N and
On Monday, he said,
Phase II began, with the re-surfacing of the parking lot behind the Duneland
Chamber of Commerce’s offices at 220 Broadway; and the milling of Pearson
Road, which was set to be paved today.
Also on this week’s
schedule: Westchester Ave. from South Jackson Blvd. to South 19th Street;
South 18th Street from Westchester Ave. south to the dead end; Washington
Ave. from South 14th Street to South Jackson Blvd.; and South Jackson Blvd.
from Portage Ave. north approximately 700 feet.
voted unanimously to authorize Fire Chief John Jarka to solicit quotes for
the seal coating and insulation of the roof on the former Park Department
building off 23rd Street at Dogwood Park East, now being used as a training
facility by the CFD.
CEDIT funds were
previously earmarked for the job.