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Town receives $444,000 Community Crossings grant

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For the third consecutive year, the Town of Chesterton will be the recipient of a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

The grant will be used to fund half the costs of six big-ticket projects, Schnadenberg said:

* The re-pave of South 11th Street from Park Ave. to 1100N.

* The re-pave of South Eighth Street from West Porter Ave. to Broadway.

* The re-pave of 100E from 1100N to 1050N.

* The re-pave of West Porter Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Eighth Street.

* The re-pave of South 15th Street from Broadway to Washington Ave.

* And the replacement of curbs along East Morgan Ave. from Coffee Creek Park east to Roosevelt Street. Those curbs, installed in the 1920s, are now crumbling. As part of this project, portions of the concrete roadway will be full-depth patched.

The total grant amount: $444,617.

As Schnadenberg noted, the town previously received a $156,562 Community Crossings grant in 2017 to re-pave 1100N from South Fifth Street to Pearson Road; and a $379,065 Community Crossings this year not only to re-pave South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office--as well as Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road and then north to Woodlawn Ave.--but also to fund a portion of the cost of replacing the bridge over Sand Creek on East Porter Ave.

The total grant amounts to date: $980,245.

Next year’s grant will prove especially useful, as Schnadenberg has said that it will allow the town to get more bang for its buck from the $1.8-million general obligation bond which the council issued this summer for a number of roadwork projects and sidewalk repairs.

Schnadenberg expressed his gratitude to Town Engineer Mark O’Dell and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala for their invaluable assistance in preparing the grant application.

Of Snow and Leaves

In other business, Schnadenberg reported that leaf collection crews are two days behind on their routes, due to the snow, and that Monday’s route was being collected today.

Normally, the program ends on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but Schnadenberg expects--so long as the weather cooperates--to extend collection at least to Friday, Nov. 30, given the late leaf fall.

For the record, the first time last year the Street Department was called out at night to spread salt was Dec. 7. The first time this year: Monday, Nov. 12. Last year the town recorded 66 inches of snow, compared to an average season’s fall of 37 to 39 inches.

That much snow made a big impact on the Street Department’s salt budget, Schnadenberg told the council, and should history repeat this season the impact will be even bigger, given the increase in the price of road salt: from $56.18 per ton last year to $64.82, a spike of 15 percent.

Thomas Park Xmas Tree

Schnadenberg took a moment to express his gratitude to Joe Wagner of Joe’s Towing and John Bell of L.A. Bell Motor Lines for their assistance on Friday with moving this year’s Thomas Centennial Park Christmas tree, from its former home in the yard of Tim and Rhonda Kruger in the 200 block of North Calumet Road.

Street Department employee Bill Dishman was the guy with the chainsaw, Schnadenberg added.

“It turned out pretty good,” he said.

Permit Fee Waiver

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to waive the building permit fee for the re-pave and re-striping of the Duneland Resale Shop’s parking lot.



Posted 11/14/2018




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