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Val's stormwater lift station almost done

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The electrical has been installed on the stormwater lift station in the alley behind Val’s Pizza, just west of 11th Street and south of Broadway.

So Stormwater Engineer Chris Nesper reported to the Stormwater Management Board at its meeting Monday night.

Ellis Electric will perform an inspection of the work, Nesper said, then NIPSCO will power it up.

Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said, the stormwater drain which years ago was installed behind Val’s--connected, as it happens, to the building’s sanitary sewer lateral--will be removed and plugged.

The alley behind Val’s is the lowest point in town and tends to flood in heavy rains. When on line, the lift station will pump runoff to a large stormwater line on Lincoln Ave. about 1,100 feet to the south.

Meanwhile, while the Street Department is pouring a new sidewalk in front of the Marathon gas station on South Calumet Road, the Utility has been working on an in-house drainage project: installing two small trench drains running from the alley just south of the gas station beneath the newly poured sidewalk to a storm drain on Lincoln Ave.

O’Dell did say that a four-inch fiber optic conduit did complicate the piping somewhat but that a solution has been found.


In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management presented the Town of Chesterton on May 30 with certificates of recognition in three areas:

* Its illicit discharge detection and elimination program.

* “Going above and beyond in stormwater education through the school programs,” in particular for the watersheds and non-point source education unit at Westchester Middle School.

* “Successful partnerships” with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, the City of Valparaiso, and the Town of Porter, for the 2013 school rain barrel painting contest.

President Thomas Kopko offered Gadzala his congratulations for her excellent, and now recognized, work.

Construction in Town

Meanwhile, Gadzala also reported that a notice of violation was issued to Lotton Development Inc. and Phillippe Builders for construction-site violations at Village Green Townhomes at Coffee Creek Center, related to perimeter controls and the discharge of water off the property.

And, Gadzala said, she, O’Dell, and Acting Building Commissioner Mike Orlich have met with a representative of Olthof Builders to discuss stormwater issues in the Duneland Trails subdivision, related to perimeter controls and street cleaning on eight lots under construction.


Another highly successful field day was held on May 21, as part of the Chesterton Middle School watersheds and non-point source educational unit, Gadzala noted. Approximately 175 students and several teachers and volunteers participated, with representatives on hand from the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Cardno JFNew, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Students sampled and analyzed Coffee Creek, toured a wetland as well as the wastewater treatment plant, learned about invasive plants species, and were taught how macro-invertebrates--water bugs--can be used to determine stream water quality.

May in Review

In May the Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $7,539 and in the year-to-date is running a deficit of $1,822.



Posted 6/20/2013