Three of the
roadwork projects being partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings
state infrastructure grant have been completed, or very nearly so,
Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported at the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night.
Reith-Riley Construction Company re-paved South 11th Street between Park
Ave. and 1100N ($279,542.25); and South Eighth Street between Broadway and
West Porter Ave. ($79,847), Schnadenberg said.
Meanwhile, Walsh &
Kelly Inc. is just about finished with the curb replacement project along
East Morgan Ave. in Morgan Park ($331,985). A few punch-list items remain
but, for all intents and purposes, that work is done as well.
Community Crossings projects remain, all of them awarded to Walsh & Kelly:
100E from 1100N to 1050N ($83,318.40); West Porter Ave. from South Calumet
Road to South Eighth Street ($107,755.75), set to begin on Thursday; and
15th Street from Woodlawn Ave. to Washington Ave. ($115,813.60), set to
begin on Friday.
A spot of good news
for Schnadenberg: earlier in the evening, at a special meeting, the
Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to make funding available for the
50-percent match on three of the Community Crossings projects which, under
state statute, serve the town’s original tax increment financing district:
West Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street; 100E from
1100N to 1050N; and the East Morgan Ave. curb replacement project.
Using TIF moneys to
pay the 50-percent match on these three projects will “free up” around
$300,000 in the $1.8-million general obligation bond issued last summer for
infrastructure work, Schnadenberg told the Redevelopment Commission and
allow the Street Department to get more bang from the buck for other
re-paves in town.
Some of that
small-ball re-paving work is already underway, in Chestnut Hills, where
Reith-Riley has re-surfaced Briarcliffe Court, Old Farm Lane, Cobblestone
Court, and roughly half of Fox Point Drive, Schnadenberg told the council on
“Working with two
different contractors is a bit challenging,” Schnadenberg noted. “But we’re
getting a lot of paving done.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to grant the petition of Dianna Arroyo, 518 S.
18th St., and vacate a platted but unimproved portion of Jefferson Ave.
which--she did not know until neighbors told her--her driveway actually
Arroyo told the
council that this platted portion of Jefferson Ave. “serves no practical
purpose,” given the fact that improved Jefferson Ave. stubs out well east of
her home, on South 15th Street.
At a public hearing
prior to the vote, no one spoke in favor of the petition and no one in
voted unanimously to make a donation of $300 for this year’s Family Fourth
Fest, at the request of Linda Layman, representing the Duneland Business
Initiative Group and the Chesterton Lions Club.
The Fourth of July
celebration will start with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lions at 7
a.m., will continue with the annual Independence Day Parade, and then move
to Hawthorne Park where a variety of family-friendly activities will be
Earlier in the
evening, at its special meeting, the Redevelopment Commission unanimously
adopted a resolution determining that the commission has encumbered funds
and planned projects this year whose total cost will equal or exceed 2019
tax increment financing revenues.
For that reason,
there is a need--as the resolution puts it--for the commission to capture
those TIF revenues.
Other taxing units
will be notified by mail of the commission’s resolution, Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann told members.