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Stormwater Utility applies for permit to maintain ditch

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The Chesterton Stormwater Utility has formally applied for a nationwide regional general permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance of an old drainage ditch, located east of the headwaters of Peterson Ditch.

Meanwhile, the Stormwater Utility is still waiting delivery of the a brush flail mower. That mower--mounted to a mini-excavator which the Utility will rent--will be used to expose the ditch, likely an agricultural artifact from years ago, to determine to what extent brush and debris may be hindering its westward flow into the Peterson Ditch.

So Stormwater Utility Superintendent Mark O’Dell reported to the Stormwater Management Board at its meeting Monday night.

O’Dell did say that he and Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg recently conducted a walk-through of the site with an Army Corps representative, who “didn’t see any major issues or obstacles” to maintaining that ditch.

O’Dell is hopeful of getting the flail mower into the ditch late this fall or early in the winter. At its last meeting, members voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the equipment at a price not to exceed $10,000.

Bill Laster, a resident of Oakwood Drive--located well east of the old ditch, on the far side of South 11th Street--has twice appeared before the board this year to complain that the ditch’s congestion has caused runoff to backwash into his rear yard.

Kacie Kolbert

In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that Assistant Stormwater Engineer Kacie Kolbert has officially received her construction site inspector card.

“So she’s certified,” Gadzala said.

September in Review

In September the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $17,052 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $127,382.



Posted 10/23/2019




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