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Town leaf pickup to be extended

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The Chesterton Street Department’s leaf program--hiccupped this fall by rain and snow--will be extended another two or three weeks.

With this caveat, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night: weather permitting.

Crews are doing their best to stay on the posted route schedule, Schnadenberg said, picking up each morning where they left off the afternoon before.

Asphalt Bids

In other business, by unanimous votes, members took under advisement two separate asphalt bid openings: one for a pair of Community Crossings state infrastructure grant projects; the other for the 2020 general paving season.

The two Community Crossings projects, for which the town has been awarded a 50/50 grant: Broadway from Eighth Street to 19th Street; and 1100N from South Fifth Street to 100E. The bids for those two projects:

--$371,646.10 from Walsh & Kelly.

--$465,042.98 from Rieth Riley Construction Company.

The bids for the 2020 paving season:

--$586,200 from Walsh & Kelly.

--$639,150 from Rieth Riley.

Assistant Street Commissioner

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg asked members to slot into the 2020 Salary Ordinance a new position, that of Assistant Street Commissioner, to be filled possibly in 2021.

The idea: to groom someone to succeed Schnadenberg at such time as he decides to pull the pin.

“Because some day I’m going to retire,” Schnadenberg said. “Not anytime soon. Be we need to start thinking about it.”

Earlier this year the Park Board asked the council to create the new position of Assistant Superintendent, then filled it with Shane Griffin, for precisely the same reason: to train a successor to Bruce Mathias.






Posted 11/26/2019




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