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Stormwater Management Board buys new backhoe

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The Chesterton Stormwater Utility is buying a new backhoe.

And saving a bunch of money.

At its meeting Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously to purchase a Case 580 Super N Loader/Backhoe for $95,000, from McCann Industries of Bolingbrook, Ill.

While new backhoes generally go for $180,000 or more, the Town of Chesterton’s membership in the National Joint Powers Alliance entitles the town to make purchases off nationally and competitively solicited contracts and to save money through leveraged volume pricing.

2018 Budget

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve the 2018 budget.

That budget provides for the following:

* Revenues of $512,000 from commercial sales, that is, from the revenues generated by the monthly stormwater fee charged to households and businesses, plus miscellaneous revenues of $50,350 from interest and dividend income, late fees and penalties, and a capital outlay transfer, for total projected revenues in 2018 of $562,350.

* Total revenues for operations of $544,350.

* Total expenses of $544,262. Of that amount, $349,180 is projected for wages, salaries, pension, and benefits; $11,550 for materials and supplies; $15,500 for contractual services; $9,000 for transportation expenses; $3,000 for stormwater quality outreach and education; $53,950 for miscellaneous expenses; and $102,062 for debt service on the $800,000 stormwater bond issued in 2011.

* And a total surplus, at the end of 2018, of $88.

The monthly rate paid by residential users of the stormwater system is $6.83.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve this year’s write-offs of unpaid and uncollectable outstanding balances, owed--generally speaking--by former residents who’ve moved out of town.

The 15 write-offs totaled $489.56, compared to $1,155.46.

November in Review

In November the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $4,634 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $163,158.

Farewell, Al Pisarski

Members took a moment at the end of the meeting to bid farewell to their colleague, Al Pisarski, who is stepping off the board.

“Thanks, Al, for your service to us and the community,” President Tom Kopko said. “I hope we can find an equal replacement for you.”

Pisarski, for his part, had nothing but praise for staff. “Your knowledge is far above what I realized you needed to know when I first came to the board,” he said. “Your professionalism is above and beyond what anybody could expect.”



Posted 12/21/2017




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