It seems likely that an opening is about to occur on the Chesterton
Stormwater Management Board.
At the board’s meeting Monday night, President Thomas Kopko announced that
it is his understanding that Member Christine Livingston has moved out of
the county. Municipal board members must be residents of the incorporated
Town of Chesterton.
Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson said that he will attempt to obtain
a letter from Livingston clarifying her residency or otherwise resigning her
That letter will then be forwarded to the Town Council for action.
Val’s Lift Station
In other business, Associate Town Engineer Chris Nester announced that the
pump and controls for the stormwater lift station to be installed in the
alley behind Val’s PizzaÑjust west of 11th Street and south of
BroadwayÑshould be delivered next week.
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell is hopeful that the lift station will go into the
ground sometime in the next three weeks but the schedule is partly dependent
on NIPSCO’s getting on site to connect the electrical.
O’Dell, working with low bidder Woodruff & Sons, has shaved the original
contract price of $205,888 down to around $178,000 but that’s still
considerably more than the original estimate of $125,000.
The alley behind Val’s is the lowest point in town and tends to flood during
heavy rains. When completed, the lift station will pump runoff to a large
stormwater sewer line on Lincoln Ave., about 1,100 feet to the south.
The project is being funded with the proceeds of an $880,000 bond issued
late in 2011.
11th Street Lift Station
In related business, members voted 2-0 to approve a contract with
Lawson-Fisher Associates, in the amount of $10,985, to design a similar
stormwater lift station for a flood-prone alley in the area of 11th Street
and West Porter Ave.
O’Dell had hoped a gravity line would solve the problem but a review of the
infrastructure indicated that such a line would probably back up at the
Lincoln Ave. storm sewer.
This projectÑwith an original estimated cost of $125,000, like the Val’s
projectÑis also being funded through the $880,000 bond issue.
Another project in the early stages yetÑalso on the bond listÑis the repair
of a failed culvert, about 18 feet under the ground, which runs across
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said that this culvert drains
everything north of town.
Under the bid specs, the contractor may only close half of Taylor Street at
a time, to permit the residents of the Deer Run Apartment to access their
The apartment residents have been notified of the project.
Meeting Time Changed
Meanwhile, members voted 2-0 to change the regular time of the Stormwater
Management Board’s monthly meeting on the third Monday: to 6:30 p.m., from
March in Review
In March the Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $13,647 and in the
year-to-date is running a surplus of $2,152.