Utility Service Board has no intention of extending sanitary sewer service
to Don Coker’s proposed Prairie Park subdivision just north of C.R. 1050N
and south of the Brassie Golf Course in unincorporated Liberty Township, on
a 30-acre parcel not contiguous with the Town of Chesterton and therefore
At the Service
Board’s meeting Tuesday night, President Larry Brandt minced no words. “We
see several technical challenges for sewer service to the property in
question,” he told Coker and Coker’s attorney, Greg Babcock. “And we have
several important projects in the works right now and no resources at this
time to go into it.”
In any case, Brandt
added, “we’re not convinced this project is in the best interests of the
Babcock opened his
comments on the petition by noting that the Porter County Commissioners are
currently considering a re-zone of the parcel from Light Industrial to
Medium Density Single Family. In January the County Plan Commission
unanimously endorsed that re-zone.
Commissioner John Evans, R-North, noted at a meeting earlier this month,
there will be no re-zone unless and until the Commissioners have evidence
that the Chesterton Utility has agreed to extend sanitary sewer service to
the parcel. At that same meeting, the Chesterton Tribune reported at
the time, Coker indicated that he’s “had conversations” with the Utility
about extended service.
It was unclear on
Tuesday whom those conversations had been with, though.
Babcock, for his
part, cast doubts on the accuracy of the press coverage and suggested that
Coker was misquoted or misunderstood.
surprised and amused by that possibility and Babcock in response offered to
invite Coker himself to set the record straight. Brandt promptly declined to
hear from Coker on the matter.
Brandt did make
this concession. Coker is welcome to approach the Town Council with his
proposal and should its members determine the project to be in the Town of
Chesterton’s best interests, then the Service Board will take its direction
from the council.
sorry,” Brandt said. “We’re not interested in extending service.”
Brandt concluded by
reminding Babcock of the Service Board’s policy about extending service to
unincorporated--and unannexable--property. The first test: is extended
service in the town’s best interests? The second: is it in the Utility’s?
In other business,
members gave the developers of the proposed Stone Meadows subdivision--on
the south side of 1100N, roughly across the street from Bethlehem Lutheran
Church, at the old Victory Park--the go-ahead to discuss with staff a
treatment gallonage allocation.
Babcock--this time representing Bill Stone, the owner of the property--told
the Service Board that an authorized usage allocation is necessary in order
to get primary plat approval from the Advisory Plan Commission.
Stone Meadows would
be a 25-lot single family subdivison. “The first one (the town has) done in
quite a while,” Babcock noted.