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Work continuing on 1100N sidewalk

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By KEVIN NEVERS

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 wetland mitigation.

Paving

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that this seasonís paving work has been completed.

Paved:

* Beverly Drive and Joal Drive.

* 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.

The Street 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.

Lien Ordinance

Meanwhile, members 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 Ordinance

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.

Superintendent Bruce Mathias sought the raise to reflect the added responsibilities which the director will have with the splash pad at Chesterton Park.

Fiscal Plan Approved

Members voted 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.

 

Posted 6/28/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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