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Street Department replacing sidewalks

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The Chesterton Street Department is up to its eyeballs in sidewalk work right now.

At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that crews recently finished a complicated replacement project in the TIF district, along South Calumet Road in front of the Marathon gas station. The project included a drainage component--piping the alley just south of the gas station--and was complicated by the presence of underground fiber-optic conduit.

Crews then moved north and are replacing the sidewalk in the area of South Calumet and West Morgan Ave. Schnadenberg noted that, when Old Ind. 49 was poured years ago, the curb was poured right along with the road surface, which has forced the Street Department “to rent a very large saw to cut through the curb.”

“What was a three-day job has turned into a week,” Schnadenberg said.

Also on tap: sections of sidewalk on East Morgan Ave., on Wilson Street, and on Fifth Street just off Broadway.

But Schnadenberg said that his crews may interrupt that work for some paving, including a joint project with the Town of Porter: 23rd Street from Wood Street to Washington Ave.

Salary Amendment

In other business, members added a new job title to the 2013 Salary Ordinance: Interim Building Commissioner, a position which Fire Chief Mike Orlich has held since April 22, when health issues forced Dave Novak to step down.

Under the amendment to the Salary Ordinance--which members voted unanimously to approve--Orlich will earn an annual salary of $10,200, retroactive to April 22.

Ind. 49 Utility Corridor Update

Earlier in the evening, at its regular monthly meeting, the Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to grant a second 30-day extension to LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point, general contractor on the Ind. 49 utility corridor project.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell recommended the extension, which takes effect on Wednesday, replacing a previous 30-day extension. At the moment the main sticking point is arranging with NIPSCO to connect electrical and natural-gas hook-ups at the lift station.

“NIPSCO is aware, we have their attention, and we’re seeing movement,” O’Dell said.

A few other things remain to be done. There’s still some electrical and systems work to be done on the lift station and the paving of the access road to the station hasn’t been completed yet, O’Dell added.

Utility to issue letter sized sewer bills

The Chesterton Utility’s customers will be seeing something different in the next few days.

And it’s not a rate increase.

Superintendent Terry Atherton told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night that the Utility’s billing system is now issuing “letter-sized” statements, in place of the old cards.

Folks should be receiving the re-formatted bills by the end of the week, Atherton said.


Posted 7/23/2013