In November 2016,
NIPSCO began replacing its traditional high pressure sodium (HPS)
streetlights in Dyer, Griffith, and Winfield with light emitting diode
Over the next six
years, through 2022, the company will replace all of its NIPSCO-owned
streetlights with LEDs, in the first program of its kind in Indiana.
The Town of
Chesterton, won’t have to wait that long, however. As Town Manager Bernie
Doyle reported at the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Chesterton is
“first on the list” to receive LEDs in 2018.
NIPSCO points to a
wide range of advantages which LED technology enjoys over HPS:
* Lower energy use:
NIPSCO currently estimates that LED could reduce a municipality’s streetlght-related
energy costs by up to 22 percent.
* Longer life span:
the LED lights have a 10-year warranty and a 20 year expected life span.
* Less maintenace:
HPS lights require service every two to three years on average.
* Better lighting:
LED lights “produce a light that appears whiter, similar to moonlight,” and
in a “more uniform light pattern that improves visibility,” NIPSCO said.
* Faster on/off
switching: LED lights turn on immediately, while HPS take time to heat up,
once switched on.
In other business,
Doyle reported that Mike Jabo of DLZ has not yet completed his feasibility
study of the cost of retrofitting the town’s railroad grade-crossings into
“quiet zones,” at which passing trains would not be required to sound their
There are five
grade-crossings in downtown Chesterton: at South Calumet Road, North Fourth
Street, North Eighth Street, North 15th Street, and North Jackson Blvd.
Jabo was scheduled
to present his findings at Monday’s meeting but Doyle said that Jabo needs a
bit more time.
Celebration on Saturday
Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reminded folks, at the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night, that the Tree Committee will celebrating
Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, with a tree-planting at the corner
of East Morgan Ave. and Roosevelt Street in Morgan Park.
The public is
welcome to attend the tree-planting, which Schnadenberg said will represent
the Street Department’s commitment to plant 25 new trees in Morgan Park
every year, to replace the hazard trees which are constantly being removed
from the old neighborhood.
Many Morgan Park
residents, Schnadenberg added, have donated to the Tree Committee’s Gift
Fund specifically for the purpose of tree replacement.
Bruce Mathias reported that work on the new splash pad, north and east of
the tennis courts at Chesterton Park, is progressing “rather well.”
Mathias is hopeful
that the splash pad will be completed, on line, and ready for use early in
“It’s big,” Mathias
added. “Very big.”
Superintendent Dave Ryan had the sad task of reporting that, on Thursday,
April 20, Lab Chief Elliott Lowe passed away.
“Elliott had 11
years of dedicated service to the town and the community and he will be
deeply missed,” Ryan said.
“I know that
Elliott was a good guy,” noted President Jim Ton, R-1st.
“A great guy,” Ryan
No services have
yet been scheduled.