“It shall be unlawful to install a well, whether driven, drilled, or jetted,
for the purpose of supplying potable water to any residence, commercial, or
industrial building, which building or structure is located within 100 feet
of any town-owned and maintained sanitary sewer public or public water
So reads Sec. 25-158 of the Chesterton Town Code.
It’s an old ordinance and dates from the days when the town owned its own
municipal water company. But as Utility Service Board Member Scot McCord
noted at the Service Board’s meeting Monday night, the ordinance remains in
As two property owners in town are about to discover.
Turns out, Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) has learned that the
two—one in the 100 block of Grant Ave., the other in the 500 block of Wabash
Ave.—have “either disconnected or stopped using the water service from
Indiana American Water and begun or returned to using their wells for
IAWC so advised the Service Board, which in turn instructed Superintendent
Rob Lovell on Monday to send both property owners a notice of
non-compliance, which gives them 10 days to rectify the matter.
Of some concern to the Service Board, however: will IAWC share the cost of
any legal proceeding, should the matter come to that? Lovell said that he’s
“Legally is there any way to stick (the two property owners) with the legal
bills, if it gets to that point?” Member Andy Michel wondered.
The 48-inch Line
In other business, Lovell reported on the clean-out of the giant 48-inch
main along Eighth Street, flowing north from West Porter Ave. en route to
the wastewater treatment plant.
The project is done for now, Lovell said, but he’s hopeful of budgeting
funds over the next couple of years to complete the clean-out all the way to
How much debris did the bucket system remove from the line along the
block-long stretch between West Porter Ave. and Lincoln Ave.: 317 buckets,
enough to fill seven dump trucks.
They pulled bricks from the line, Lovell said, and clay tiles, and rocks,
They also found a 1950s-era rubber Davy Crockett knife down there. And yeah,
they did: one very much like it was going for around $20 on eBay.
The good news is that, north of Lincoln Ave., the amount of debris begins to
lessen, until at West Morgan Ave. there’s only about an inch of it.
Meanwhile, the Service Board voted 5-0 to approve the cutting of a manual
check, in the amount of $75,250, to Woodruff & Sons of Michigan City, for
the re-location of a sanitary main which had been fixed to the bridge over
Coffee Creek along 1100N.
The main had to be re-located—actually, it now runs under Coffee
Creek—because the Porter County Highway Department is preparing to replace
Member John Schnadenberg did note that Woodruff & Sons came slightly under
budget for the project. The original quoted price: $76,800.
Lovell also reported that a short list of five has been narrowed down from
the 50 or so applicants for an open position at the Utility.
Interviews will be scheduled for this week and next week, Lovell said.
June in Review
In June, Chesterton used 40.57 percent of its 3,688,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment at the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 44.68 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 51.35
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 41.22 percent
of its capacity.
There were no bypasses last month, which saw 2.24 inches of precipitation.
In June the Utility ran a deficit of $205,839.31 and in the year-to-date is
running a deficit of $95,180.85.