Stormwater Utility ended 2017 in the black.
At the Stormwater
Management Board’s meeting Monday night, Superintendent Mark O’Dell reported
a surplus of $76,804, due chiefly to the fact that Stormwater Engineer Chris
Nesper resigned his position in June. At year’s end the Stormwater Utility
had spent $71,522 less in wages, pensions, and benefits than it had
Total revenues in
2017 were $519,531, compared to the $519,300 which O’Dell originally
Total expenses in
2017 were $422,059, compared to the $498,863 which O’Dell budgeted.
O’Dell did say that
the Stormwater Utility will be making a couple of major purchases in 2018: a
backhoe which the board has already approved, at a cost of $95,000; and a
video camera for sewer inspections, whose cost O’Dell ballparked at $15,000.
For the record, in
December the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $12,927.
South Shore Poster
In other business,
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala unveiled a small version of the new South
Shore poster promoting “Clean and Clear” water in the region, a public
education and outreach initiative of the Northwest Stormwater Advisory Group
work of artist Mitch Markovitz--depicts a winding river traversing multiple
land uses on its way to Lake Michigan. The point: pollutants which end up in
runoff ultimately end up in our drinking water, making stormwater management
a crucial part of Hoosiers’ quality of life.
The Town of
Chesterton contributed $300 to the production of the poster, Gadzala said,
which entitles the Stormwater Utility to use the image in any of its
outreach and education publications.
By unanimous votes,
members elected Tom Kopko to the presidency and Paul Stofko to the