Stormwater Management Board has approved a 2019 budget which projects a net
deficit for the year of $58,960.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to adopt the budget as submitted by
Stormwater Utility Superintendent Mark O’Dell.
projects total revenues of $520,850; and revenues for operation of $508,850.
$281,335 for salaries and wages; $139,813 for employee pensions and
benefits; $9,550 for materials and supplies; $15,500 for contractual
services; $7,500 for transportation; $1,500 for MS4 public education;
$13,250 for miscellaneous expenses; and $99,362 for total debt service.
$567,810, with a projected net deficit of $58,960.
monitoring the budget closely next year,” O’Dell told the board.
After the meeting
Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Chesterton Tribune that
the projected deficit is chiefly due to the Stormwater Utility’s assumption
this year of debt service on the $800,000 stormwater bond issued in 2011.
Formerly--and going back to the Clerk-Treasurership of the late Gayle
Polakowski--debt service on stormwater bonds was customarily paid through
property-taxes. The decision was made last year, Kuziela said, to shift that
debt-service to the Stormwater Utility’s rate-payers, which include--for
instance--tax-exempt entities like the Duneland School Corporation.
“The idea is for
the rate-payers to pay for improvements that benefit them,” Kuziela said.
“In any case, both the Stormwater Utility and the Sanitary Sewer Utility are
considered ‘enterprises’ whose revenues should be sufficient to cover their
In other business,
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that she’s conducted her initial
review of the Stormwater Pollution Protection Permit application filed by
Amerilodge Group of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the developer of a proposed
double-hotel project at Coffee Creek Center, located immediately north of
the Speedway gas station and the Culver’s restaurant.
proposing to build a Holiday Inn Express and a Fairfield Inn & Suites. The
Holiday Inn would feature 90 rooms in four stories; the Fairfield, 87 rooms
in three stories. The complex would be accessed via Matson Street and
Later in the
evening on Monday, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously to grant
Amerilodge a sanitary sewer service allocation for the two hotels, at the
request of Amerilodge’s local attorney, Greg Babcock.
Advisory Plan Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29, on the primary plat for the pair of hotels.
October in Review
In October the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $33,526 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $181,874.