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Utility Board denies request from apartment developer for lower tap-on fees

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The developers of Eagle Crossing--a high-end 170-unit apartment complex slated for Coffee Creek Center--will not be getting a reduction in their scheduled tap-on fees.

Last month developer Mike Sakich approached the Chesterton Utility Service Board to request a reduction, on the ground that other municipalities’ tap-on fees are lower, also on the ground that Chesterton’s are based on daily water usage far in excess of what apartment dwellers use on average.

At their meeting Monday night, however, members agreed by consensus to deny the petition. “We’re going to leave it the way it is,” Member Scot McCord said.

Members gave no particular reason for their decision. But last month President Larry Brandt said that it’s his impression that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulated the fee schedules itself in accordance with its own calculations.

Eagle Creek is currently under construction immediately south of Rail Road, east of Kelle Drive, and north of Sidewalk Road.

The Vac Truck

In other business, Superintendent Dave Ryan reported that he continues to investigate the acquisition of a new vacuum truck. So far, staff has reviewed three demo models and he expects to see at least one more before work begins on speccing out a new one.

But, Ryan warned, it’s a complicated process and there’s no guarantee that specs will be completed before the Service Board’s July meeting.

“There are so many different types of these machines with so many different features,” Member John Schnadenberg agreed. “It’s hard to get specs together.”

“Take your time and do it right,” McCord advised.

May in Review

In May, Chesterton used 58.28 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 53.18 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 74.74 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 58.35 percent of its capacity.

A total of 3.59 inches of rain was recorded at the plant last month, but no bypasses into the Little Calumet River.

In May, the Utility ran a surplus of $276,919.90 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $566,558.98.

Stormwater

Management Board

Earlier in the evening, at a very short meeting, the Stormwater Management Board took receipt of the financials for May: last month the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $7,530 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $99,750.

Schnadenberg, wearing his Street Commissioner hat, also reported that the Street Department currently has both of its streetsweepers out and about. “Typically we have the whole town swept by July,” he said. “But we’re a little behind schedule with all the rain in May.”

Under the federally mandated MS4 program, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management not only requires street-sweeping but a route map and an accounting of how much material is collected and how it’s disposed of.

 

Posted 6/21/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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