Work is moving
along on Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail, Chesterton Town Engineer
Mark OíDell reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
The trench has been
excavated along the south side of 11000N from South 11th to South Fifth
Street, he said, and stone should be laid in the trench sometime this week.
OíDell doubts, however, whether the contractor, Walsh & Kelly Inc., will be
able to pour concrete until next week.
Walsh & Kelly will
then turn its attention to extending the eight-foot sidewalk along the north
side of 1100N from the Rosehill Estate subdivision to Woodland Drive, where
it will cross to the south side of 1100N and continue to South 11th Street.
The town has
received three separate 80/20 grants totaling $1,074,394 from the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, to defray engineering and
construction expenses as well as to fund right-of-way acquisition and
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that this seasonís paving
work has been completed.
* Beverly Drive and
* South 20th
Street, from West Porter Ave. to a point approximately 400 feet south.
* Union Ave.
between 21st and 23rd streets.
* Iowa Street.
* And 24th Place.
Departmentís next job: replacing chunks of sidewalk buckled by tree roots in
Morganís Corner and Olde Towne, which will entail the hard work of cutting
down the roots before pouring fresh concrete. Then crews will start
replacing blocks of sidewalk elsewhere. The Street Departmentís 2017
sidewalk budget: $35,000.
voted unanimously to pass an ordinance authorizing the town to slap liens on
abandoned or foreclosed property to recover the municipal expense of mowing
high weeds and grass.
Once a lien is in
place, the town will recoup its costs as soon as a property-tax collection
is made, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela said.
Amendment to Salary
Members also voted
unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2017 Salary Ordinance, which
increases the hourly wage of the Park Departmentís summer programming
director from $9 to $14.
Bruce Mathias sought the raise to reflect the added responsibilities which
the director will have with the splash pad at Chesterton Park.
unanimously as well to adopt a fiscal plan for the proposed annexation of
two acres at the northeast corner of C.R. 1050N and South Fifth Street in
unincorporated Liberty Township.
Jill Chitwood is
seeking a sanitary sewer connection for the property--whose septic system
has faiiled--but under Utility policy the property must first be annexed
into the town.
The fiscal plan is
the first step toward annexation. At a public hearing which preceded the
vote, no one spoke in favor of the plan and no one in opposition to it.