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Town awarded $379K state grant for paving and culvert work

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The Town of Chesterton has once again been awarded a Community Crossings 50/50 infrastructure grant from the State of Indiana.

As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, the $379,065.02 grant will pay for half of three high-profile projects:

* The repaving of South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office.

* The repaving of Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road (and then Waverly Road north to Woodlawn Ave.).

* And the installation of a box culvert to replace the current bridge over Sand Creek on East Porter Ave.

The paving will be done next year, Schnadenberg said. The culvert project is still in the permitting process.

Last year the state awarded the town a $152,562 50/50 grant for the repaving of 1100N between Pearson Road and South Fifth Street, and as President Jim Ton, R-1st, noted, Schnadenberg, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala--the brains behind the grant application--get high marks for their continuing superb work. “Congratulations on a job well done,” Ton said. “The credit for that goes to the people who wrote the application.”

Ton added that the town has an excellent reputation at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for the accuracy and completeness of its grant applications. “Chesterton is known there for always being on point with its applications,” he said.

“It was a team effort,” Schnadenberg remarked for his part.


In other business, members instructed Schnadenberg to investigate the cost of obtaining two appraisals--per state law--for the old Lipinski Automotive property at 1300 Broadway.

That property, which Lipinski has put on the market, is contiguous to the rear of the municipal complex at 1490 Broadway and would provide not only about an acre and a half for future expansion of the Street Department but an additional point of ingress and egress.

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, made it clear, however, that even should the council agree to obtain two appraisals, doing so would in no way commit the town to purchase the property. And should the council in fact pursue the purchase, under Indiana Code it could offer no more for the property than the average of the two appraisals.

Chamber Banners

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to permit the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to erect two temporary banners promoting the Hometown Holiday Celebration and the Mistletoe Market at two locations in town, from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25.

The locations: at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road; and on East Porter Ave. near Chesterton Cemetery.

The banners will be installed in the ground, Schnadenberg said.

Pumpkin Patch Road Accepted

Members also voted unanimously to accept as a public right-of-way the private road serving the Pumpkin Patch planned unit development on the north side of Indian Boundary Road: the former home of the Applebee’s restaurant.

Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson confirmed that the private--now public--road was originally built to town standards.

Call Street Department for early leaf pickup

A lack of rain this summer may be responsible for the early fall of leaves in the Town of Chesterton.

Whatever the cause, however, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg has been noticing--far earlier than he can ever remember--leaf piles already at curbside in some nieghborhoods.

The Street Department will accordingly put one leaf vac into service, either late this week or early next, Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

Residents with leaf piles, however, should call the Street Department at 926-2222 to arrange for a collection. As Schnadenberg noted, the Street Department doesn’t have the resources to drive through town looking for leaves.


Posted 9/26/2017




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