Work has stopped on
the Bellís Corner pocket subdivision, located at the southwest corner of
West Porter Ave. and 15th Street, after the Chesterton Stormwater Utility
found the builder to be in non-compliance with its Stormwater Pollution
Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) permit.
At the Stormwater
Management Boardís meeting Monday night, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala
reported that Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann is currently working with the
builder, Glenn Peterson Jr., to resolve the problem.
Among other things,
Gadzala told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting, silt fencing
hasnít been erected on the site, information on the SWPPP hasnít been
posted, and thereís been no monitoring either.
Under the federally
mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, any land
disturbance of over an acre--or less than an acre if the disturbance is part
of a larger development--must submit a SWPPP and receive an ESC permit, for
the control of runoff, erosion, and sediment on the construction site.
In 2015 the
Advisory Plan Commission gave primary plat approval for the six-lot Bellís
In other business,
Gadzala reported that sheís currently working on a number of water quality
outreach programs for the year.
Among other things,
sheíll be participating on March 22 in the Recycling and Waste Reduction
District of Porter Countyís rain barrel workshop; is partnering with the
Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy (CCWC) and Lake and Pond Biologists LLC
for a homeowners association workshop on April 4 on detention pond
maintenance; is also partnering with the CCWC for a nature needs maintenance
workshop on June 10; and will be presenting a Teen Indiana Master Naturalist
class on water in June.
voted unanimously to re-elect Member Tom Kopko president of the board and
Member Al Pisarski vice-president.
Utility ran a surplus of $22,753 in December and finished 2016 with a
surplus of $71,040. A total of $670,570 in three different funds is
currently available for projects.