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Stormwater Board to solicit quotes for draining alley piping runoff off 11th St.

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The Chesterton Stormwater Management Board has authorized Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to solicit quotes for two drainage projects.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to green-light the quote process on both projects.

The first would remedy a long-standing pooling problem in the alley between Wabash Ave. and Grant Ave. west of North Calumet Road.

Schnadenberg noted that it’s his plan ultimately to pave all of the alleys in the town’s business district but before this alley can get a coat of asphalt the drainage problem has to be solved, by installing a drain in the center of the alley. Estimated cost: $25,000.

The second project would remedy a second long-standing pooling problem, this one on South 11th Street at the intersection of Crab Tree Lane, just north of 1100N. Schnadenberg is similarly hopeful of obtaining a grant this year to re-pave South 11th Street between 1100N and West Porter Ave., but a drainage fix would first be necessary.

The estimated cost of piping runoff to a stormwater sewer 300 feet east on Crab Tree Lane: between $50,000 and $75,000.

Under state law, a municipality may solicit quotes for projects whose estimated cost is under $150,000. The municipality must, however, solicit at least three quotes.

Public Outreach:

CHS Environmental Club

In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that she’s begun working with the Chesterton High School’s Environmental Club, which is interested in conducting a water quality study of stormwater runoff from the CHS property.

Club members are specifically hoping to sample water from the school’s outflow sites and then conduct field-testing, to see what exactly is running off the school roof, parking lot and football stadium during rain events.

The program will start later this spring and run through the end of the academic year, Gadzala said.

Public Outreach:

Rain Barrel Workshop

Gadzala also reported that she will be making a brief presentation on the Town of Chesterton’s MS4 program at a rain barrel workshop scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave.

The workshop is being hosted by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

Residences at Coffee Creek

Gadzala also reported that she is currently reviewing the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan filed by the developers of the Residences at Coffee Creek, a 110-unit, $20-million senior living facility under development just south of Sidewalk Road, west of Kelle Drive, north of Village Point, and east of Ind. 49.

Stormwater Fee Exemption

Bill Killed in Committee

Gadzala took a moment at the end of the meeting to report that Senate Bill 502--which would have exempted church, school, and agricultural property from the assessment of stormwater fees--has been killed in committee.

That bill was introduced by State Sens. Aaron Freeman, R-32nd, and Blake Doriot, R-12th, but is now dead, Gadzala said.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell had estimated that, should the bill have been passed, the Stormwater Utility would have lost $26,341.20 every year in the fees paid by the 12 churches and five Duneland School properties located in the Town of Chesterton.

February in Review

In February the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $24,430 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $40,806.



Posted 3/21/2017




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