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Town Council told House shakes when trucks hit ridge in buckled South Calumet

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You’ve probably driven over it scores of times without noticing: a buckle in the asphalt in the 700 block of South Calumet Road, just a ridge in the blacktop maybe an inch high, just one more bump in the road.

For Bill Lynch, however, who lives in the 700 block of South Cal, the ridge might as well be an active fault line.

As Lynch told the Chesterton Town Council at its meeting Monday night, every time a heavy truck hits that line of buckled asphalt, his houses shakes and dishes in the cabinets--maybe his teeth too--rattle.

So when is South Cal due to be re-paved, Lynch wanted to know?

Not this year, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, replied. Next year? Possibly. But probably not. Right now the town is hoping to be awarded a grant from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission--as part of the federal Livable Centers Initiative--which would not only re-pave South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and the Pope O’Connor Ditch but would also narrow it some.

But the grant process moves slow. And, as Ton noted, “We are hesitant to spend our own money if we can get a grant.”

Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, on the other hand, may have a more immediate solution. Forget re-paving South Cal, at least for now. Instead, Schnadenberg said, he may be able to arrange for Rieth Riley, Chesterton’s 2016 contracted asphalter, to grind that ridge right down to flush, when its crews hit town in a few weeks to begin this season’s scheduled paving jobs.

Schnadenberg promised Lynch that he would talk to Rieth Riley and see what he could do.

Trip Hazards

In other business, Schnadenberg reported that this season’s trip-hazard program began last week where it left off last year, in Duneland Cove, where a contractor is shaving buckled sidewalks even.

Next in line for trip-hazard remediation: Beverly Drive and Joal Drive; and the Villages of Sand Creek. The Street Department typically spends between $12,000 and $15,000 annually on the trip-hazard program and gets a lot of bang for the buck, as it costs significantly less to grind a sidewalk than it does to replace it altogether. Very badly buckled sidewalks, on the other hand, must be removed and re-poured.

Hogan Ave.

Schnadenberg did take a moment to respond to a complaint made at the council’s last meeting--which he was unable to attend--when a resident of Hogan Ave. said that 25 years after it received a base coat of asphalt it still hasn’t received a top coat.

Schnadenberg told the council on Monday that the resident was simply wrong, that Hogan Ave. did get a top coat at the time. And as rough as Hogan Ave. might seem to the resident, there are other roads in town in much worse shape. “There are some roads I know that haven’t been paved in 30 years,” he said.

For that reason, Hogan Ave. is currently No. 50 on a 52-item re-paving list. “It’s unlikely Hogan will get re-paved this year,” Schnadenberg said.

Rebuilding Together

Fees Waived

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to waive the building permit fees for Rebuilding Together Duneland’s Chesterton rehab projects, slated for Saturday, April 30.

Bulletproof Vests

Members voted unanimously as well to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reimburse the CPD up to 50 percent of the cost of purchasing new bulletproof vests.

Police departments are required by law to provide its full-time officers with warrantied body armor, which is manufactured with an expiration date and must be regularly replaced.


Posted 4/26/2016





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