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Utility saves $2.7M by financing EPA mandate through the state

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The original cost estimate for the Chesterton Utility’s long term control plan had been in the neighborhood of $14.9 million, the greater part of it for the 1.2-million gallon tank in which wastewater will be stored during heavy rain events, to reduce the likelihood of the treatment plant’s needing to bypass sewage into the Little Calumet River.

But--as Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann reported at Monday nights meeting of the Town Council--the Utility has been able to save millions, literally millions, by obtaining project financing through the Indiana State Revolving Fund, rather than through a conventional sewage revenue bond.

How many millions exactly?

A total, over 20 years, of $2.7 million.

That’s money the Utility’s ratepayers won’t be on the hook for, Lukmann noted.

Meanwhile, Lukmann said, the Utility held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday to mark the beginning of construction on the storage tank.

Later in the meeting, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment to express his gratitude to Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th--the councils liaison to the Utility--for her contributions to the long term control project, a mandate of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Asphalt 2014

In other business, and at Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members voted 4-0 to accept Walsh & Kelly Inc.’s offer to lock in 2013 asphalt prices for the 2014 season.

Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, was not in attendance.

The 2013 prices: $69 per unit for surface; $59 for intermediate; $3.50 for tack coat; $1.90 for milling.

Waiver for Franciscan Alliance

Meanwhile, members also voted 4-0 officially to approve a waiver from Town Standards, requested by the Franciscan Alliance (FA) ER department on Indian Boundary Road, for the erection of three directional signs on town right-of-way.

An FA spokesman made the request earlier this fall, saying that ambulance drivers not familiar with the ER department have been unable easily to find the patient offloading area behind the building.

Two of the signs will be placed on Indian Boundary Road and one on Council Drive.

Members had conditionally approved the waiver, pending FA’s submission of a formal petition.

Engine 512

Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that Engine 512 is now back in service, after a bad run of mechanical malfunctions.

Pop Warner

The Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheer Squad--scheduled to compete in the national championship at Disney World in Florida--with a cheer. “A! W! E! S! O! M! E! Awesome! Awesome! Totally!”

The squad took first place in sectional competition in Valparaiso, followed by a first-place finish in the regionals in Illinois.

Members wish the squad safe travels and good cheering.



Posted 11/26/2013




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