Commissioner John Schnadenberg wants folks to know that the treatment
applied to roadways last week in advance of Saturday’s snow event was only
“We’ve had some
calls from people asking if there was any chemical in it,” Schnadenberg told
the Town Council at its meeting Monday night. The answer is No.
Trucks were applying nothing more than a 23 to 26 percent solution of salt
roadways with salt brine is a cost-effective way of getting a headstart on
de-icing, Schnadenberg said. Not only can pre-treating be done during normal
work hours--instead of during overtime hours after the snowstorm has
actually started--it means the Street Department needs to use far less of
the more expensive road salt to keep the streets clear and safe. Salt brine
also buys plows a couple of extra hours by preventing the early fall of snow
from bonding with the pavement.
“It’s a tool,”
Schnadenberg noted. “It by no means solves all of our problems.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to take under advisement asphalt quotes for four
roadwork projects which have received 50/50 Community Crossings state
* South Eighth
Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway: $79,847.60 from Rieth-Riley
Construction Company Inc.; $80,024.60 from Walsh & Kelly Inc.
* 15th Street from
Woodlawn Ave. all the way south of Washington Ave.: $115,813.60 from Walsh &
Kelly; $123,435.60 from Rieth-Riley.
* 100E from 1100N
to 1050N: $83,218.40 from Walsh & Kelly; $83,219.40 from Rieth-Riley.
* West Porter Ave.
from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street: $107,755.75 from Walsh &
Kelly; $113,555.50 from Rieth-Riley.
Members also voted
unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to go out to bid on two other
Community Crossings roadwork projects, with bids being opened at the
council’s Feb. 25 meeting:
* South 11th Street
from Park Ave. to 1100N.
* Replace curbs on
East Morgan Ave. from Coffee Creek Park to Roosevelt Street, plus concrete
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the town has formally applied to the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for federal grant funding
for Phase III of the Westchester-Liberty Trail.
Phase III would
continue the sidewalk on the south side of 1100N east of South Fifth Street,
then south along a corridor of Park Department property into the Tamarack
subdivision, then east to 100E, finally linking with Rail Road.
cost: $1,511,719. The town’s share of that cost, should it receive a grant:
The town is
applying for the 2024 grant cycle, O’Dell said.