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Street paving work continues in Chesterton

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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.

Last week 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.

Three other 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 Monday.

“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 encroaches on.

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 opposition.

Family Fourth Donation

Meanwhile, members 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 held.

TIF Resolution

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.



Posted 6/11/2019




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