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This seasons TIF projects all completed

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All projects funded this season by tax increment financing (TIF) moneys have been completed, Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Redevelopment Commission at its meeting Monday night.

The Redevelopment Commission is responsible for the administration of TIF revenues.

The list of this season’s completed projects:

-- Repave: Sand Creek Drive North from Sandpiper Drive to Michael Drive (approximate cost $48,000).

-- Repave: Aherns Drive between Sand Creek Drive North and Roberts Road ($11,000).

-- Repave: Roberts Road from Indian Boundary Road to Michael Drive ($58,821).

-- Repave: Old Calumet Road from Ind. 49 to the town’s corporate boundaries ($58,920).

-- Repave: Dickinson Road from 1100N to the roundabout at Rail Road ($124,054).

-- Sidewalk replacement: west side of South Calumet Road, from Broadway to Datagraphics ($8,000).

-- Sidewalk replacement: east side of South Calumet Road, from Porter Ave. to Jefferson Ave. ($10,000).

Total estimated cost for all projects: $318,795.

“We’ll start working on a project list for next year in a month or so,” Schnadenberg told members.

Fiber Optic Update

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the town’s fiber optic contractor, CSU Inc., is currently working on splicing the Porter leg of the town’s fiber optic network. That leg goes under the three railroad lines to connect Yost Elementary School to the network.

O’Dell said that the splicing should be finished this week, with testing scheduled for next week.


Meanwhile, NITCO Senior Vice President Tom Carroll reported that NITCO--the fiber optic network’s operator--now has 91 unique customers under contract. Of those, 74 have had their fiber optic service installed, while the remaining 17 are scheduled to have it installed.

Carroll also made another pitch for residential fiber optic service along Catkin Circle in the Tamarack subdivision. Forty-two customers are eligible for the service, but half of them--21--must sign up for it to make the project viable. As of now, 12 have signed up, and nine more are needed.

“After that, we can start the project,” Carroll said.



Posted 9/30/2020




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