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Snow parking ban in Downtown declared; leaf pickup to resume

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The Chesterton Street Department negotiated the season’s first snow event successfully, under cold and gusty conditions.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

“It was an early snow but it went very well,” Schnadenberg said. “We didn’t have any breakdowns.”

The snow event did, however, prompt Schnadenberg to ask the council to declare the annual snow parking ban in the Downtown, prohibiting parking on select streets between 12 and 8 a.m. during or after snowfalls of two inches or more:

--South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.

--Broadway from South Calumet Road to Sixth Street.

--Second and Third streets from Broadway to West Indiana Ave.

The parking ban is intended to make snow-plowing easier and more effective. Signage will be posted on the affected streets.

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg said that the leaf collection program will resume as soon as crews “can see the leaves.” Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32 degrees on Thursday, with generally thawing temps through the weekend and into early next week.

RR Quiet Zone

In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that he, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala had their first face-to-face meeting last week with a representative of CTC Inc., the Fort Worth, Texas, consultancy performing a feasibility study on a railroad quiet zone in the Downtown.

The rep spent three days in town and inspected all of the relevant grade-crossings, Doyle said. The next step is to conduct a “diagnostics” of the crossings in advance of preparing an action plan to submit to Federal Railroad Administration.

“CTC is certainly living up to its reputation of being a fast-action consultant,” Doyle added.

Waiver Granted

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to grant a waiver from the Town Standard governing driveways to Jeff and Wendy Knarian of 502 Union Court.

The standard in question requires driveways to be a minimum of six feet from the property line. The Knarians are seeking to widen their driveway to make for additional off-street parking and the widened driveway would be only 1’ 8’’ from the property line.

The Knarians’ home is located in the rounded “knuckle” of Union Court, which means there’s no good place to park either their RV or visitors’ vehicles other than in front of the mailbox. But the USPS won’t deliver when the mailbox is blocked.

The waiver was granted with one condition: that the Knarians install a French drain to capture runoff from the widened driveway.

Park Department Prepares for Winter

Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that all of the parks’ restrooms have been closed for the winter, their water lines “blown,” with the exception of the boxcar in Thomas Centennial Park, which will remain open until after the Hometown Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Staff has also begun putting up Christmas decorations in Thomas Park, Mathias said.

Veterans Day

Ton took a moment at the end of the meeting to honor veterans. “Yesterday was Veterans Day, and every day we enjoy our freedoms and exercise our rights should be Veterans Day, at least in our minds,” he said. “Thank you, veterans.”




Posted 11/13/2019




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