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
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
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
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
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.
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.