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Town eyes Lipinski property on Broadway

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The Chesterton Town Council is expressing a tentative interest in possibly acquiring 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 additional ingress and egress.

Street Commissioner 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.”

Members thought 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.

Member Emerson 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.

Schnadenberg was 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.

Meanwhile, Town 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.

New Firefighter

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 Volunteer FD.

Stagowski has completed her two-week orientation and worked her first 24-hour shift on Sunday.

Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams described Stagowski this morning as “highly motivated.”



Posted 3/28/2017




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