Work on Phase II of
the Westchester-Liberty Trail continues, with the Town of Chesterton
entering into a wetlands mitigation agreement, in advance of its expected
disturbance later this year of a designated wetland along 1100N as part of
the sidewalk project.
At the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to enter into the
agreement, under which the town will purchase 0.91 acres in a wetlands
mitigation “bank” located in Lake County, at a price of $19,000.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell told the council that wetlands mitigation is required under the
permit issued to the town by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Phase II of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail provides for the continuation of an eight-foot
sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from Rosehill Estates to 11th Street;
and on the south side of 1100N from 11th Street to Fifth Street.
immediately west of 11th Street, however, is a designated wetland, a portion
of which will be disturbed in the course of building the sidewalk.
The town has
received grants for the project totaling $1,074,394 from the Northwestern
Indiana Regional Planning Commission and a $188,230 engineering contract was
awarded to American Structurepoint Inc. in September 2014.
The project could
be let later this winter or early in the spring, with construction to be
completed possibly this fall.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office to “buy
back” from municipal employees their unused sick time from 2016.
Members also voted
unanimously to adopt a new Personnel Policy Handbook. The new edition has
been amended to address three subjects in particular: the reporting of
job-related injuries; major medical leave; and the use of computers and