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Work stopped on pocket subdivision at 15th and Porter for stormwater noncompliance

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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 Corner.

2017 Educational

Programs and Outreaches

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.

Election of Officers

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to re-elect Member Tom Kopko president of the board and Member Al Pisarski vice-president.


in Review

The Stormwater 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.



Posted 1/17/2017




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