A week after work
began on the re-paving of South Calumet Road, the job was completed at 6:45
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported at Monday night’s meeting of
the Town Council.
In truth it was a
difficult job, requiring the milling of approximately four inches of old
asphalt--right down to the concrete sub-surface, the remnant of Old Ind.
49--and then the pouring, in three coats, of four new inches.
The estimated cost
of the project: $160,000, less a Community Crossings state infrastructure
grant of $40,194.99, for a total price tag of around $116,000.
In other business,
Schnadenberg apprised members of another natural-gas leak on North Calumet
Road on Monday, the fifth or sixth this year. Earlier leaks occurred near
George’s Gyros, he said, while Monday’s was pinpointed to a location north
North Calumet Road
was closed between Brown Ave. and River Ave. until early this morning, while
a NIPSCO crew was making repairs.
“I’m hopeful that
NIPSCO is planning to replace that main soon,” Schnadenberg said.
Member Jim Ton,
R-5th, noting that North Calumet Road has been plagued the last few years by
all sorts of infrastructure failures, including multiple sanitary sewer
collapses, asked Schnadenberg what the problem is.
there is just really old,” Schnadenberg said.
Trip Hazard Program
Schnadenberg reported that this year’s trip hazard program has been
completed, with 300 separate trip hazards ground down, at a cost of $12,000.
Catkin Circle in
the Tamarack subdivision was finished, as was South Calumet Road from Porter
Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office. Work was begun on Windridge Drive in the
Quotes for Roof
Members, for their
part, voted unanimously to authorize Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to solicit
quotes for a new roof requested by Police Chief Dave Cincoski.
The estimated cost
of a new roof: $60,000.
Quotes must be
solicited from at least three qualified contractors.
Fee Waiver for Bird
Members also voted
unanimously, at Ton’s request, to waive the building permit fee for the
construction of a prefabricated gazebo donated to the Westchester Migratory
Bird Sanctuary by Bob and Becky Dunbar.
Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a major asset to Duneland,” Ton said, added that
the conversion of the old town dump--located directly across the street from
the rear entrance to Westchester Intermediate School--into a wildlife
sanctuary is nothing short of a “transformation, a metamorphosis.”
unanimously as well to take under advisement, pending staff review, of
developer Jason Robinson’s request for a waiver from the Town Standard
requiring the installation of a sidewalk in front of all new construction.
building a duplex at 635/637 N. Calumet Road, an old section of town without
Members agreed by
consensus to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela to confer with Town
Attorney Chuck Lukmann about the feasibility of allowing municipal
employees--excluding members of the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’
Pension Fund--to increase their personal contributions to the Indiana Public
Employees’ Retirement Fund.
There would be no
cost to the town, Kuziela said.
announced the resignation, effective July 6, of Deputy Clerk Sarah Jones.
A job posting will
be out soon, Kuziela said.