The Chesterton Town
Council is expressing a tentative interest in possibly acquiring the old
Lipinski Automotive property at 1300 Broadway.
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 additional
ingress and egress.
John Schnadenberg--who noted that the municipal complex as matters now stand
is landlocked--suggested that it might not be a bad idea at least to obtain
the statutory two appraisals of the property, just to see what the site is
worth. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out,
it doesn’t work out. I’d just hate to be sitting here 10 years from now and
wishing we’d gotten it.”
that Schnadenberg’s recommendation had merit but decided to move slowly
nonetheless, split-voting 4-1 in favor of first getting a quote on the cost
of two appraisals.
DeLaney, R-5th, voted against the motion. After the meeting he told the
Chesterton Tribune that it’s his feeling the best, highest use of the
property may not be municipal at all but commercial.
Re: Water Company
Work in Town
In other business,
Schnadenberg reported that he and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell have had a
heart-to-heart with the Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) about the
utility’s plans for main replacement in town this season. The upshot: IAWC
has given assurances that there will not be a repetition of last season’s
dilatory approach to project completion and site restoration.
outspoken last year about the sluggishness with which IAWC went about a
major main replacement project on the west side of town. For months after
ground was broken, road cuts remained graveled and front yards muddy. That,
Schnadenberg said, should not be the case again this year.
For one thing, IAWC
will be bidding out its projects in Chesterton to a contractor. Last year,
IAWC’s own, highly over-extended crews performed the work and simply bit off
more than they could chew.
At least three main
replacements are on tap this year:
* On South 21st
Street between West Porter Ave. and Union Ave.
* On Third Street
between Michigan Ave. and Brown Ave.
* On Broadway
between Wood Street and 15th Street.
Re: Water Pooling
at Ind. 49/East Porter Ave.
Manager Bernie Doyle reported that he’s had a productive conversation with
the Indiana Department of Transportation about a pooling problem at the
southwest corner of Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave., which--after heavy
rains--is typically under water for some length of time.
Doyle said that
INDOT has plans this season to do ditch work at the site as well as to clean
a culvert beneath Ind. 49.
DeLaney, for his
part, noted that locate crews were at the site on Monday, apparently in
advance of the work.
Fire Chief John
Jarka took a moment at the beginning of the meeting to introduce the council
to the CFD’s newest firefighter: Amanda Stagowski, a state-certified
firefighter and EMT who previously served on the Lakes of the Four Seasons
completed her two-week orientation and worked her first 24-hour shift on
Deputy Fire Chief
Nate Williams described Stagowski this morning as “highly motivated.”