For years Chesterton residents have been dumping their grass clippings,
brush, and leaves at the Street Department’s yard-waste recycling site at
609 Grant Ave.
But the Street Department has moved its headquarters to the new municipal
facility—at 1490 Broadway—and soon will be moving the recycling site as
As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night, probably within the next two to three weeks the new
recycling site will open for business. Material bins have been constructed
on the north side of the municipal facility—access from 15th Street—and now
the site only needs to be paved.
A couple of large-scale paving projects likely need to be completed first,
however, Schnadenberg said: the re-surfacing of North Calumet Road between
Grant Ave. and Indian Boundary Road (the northbound lane to be done by an
Indiana-American Water Company contractor) and that of Woodlawn Ave. between
Waverly Road and Ottawa Trail (a joint project with the Town of Porter).
Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune after Monday’s meeting that
it just wouldn’t be practical to run a front-end loader from the new Street
Department headquarters to the old recycling site, so the decision was made
to move the site.
The new recycling site will also be equipped with a video surveillance
camera, it will still be open between the hours of dawn and dusk, and it
will still be closed to out-of-towners, Schnadenberg noted. A fence has been
installed on the far side of the site to secure the Street Department’s
operations within the facility.
In related business, Building Commissioner Dave Novak reported that the
contractor for the new municipal facility is currently trying to find a
remedy for an emerging roof leak. The leak is minor, has so far affected
only a single ceiling tiling, and there has been no water damage, Novak
By votes of 4-0, members also approved two CEDIT expenditures for the
facility: $1,380 for a new computer and software for the Street Department’s
executive assistant; and $6,712 for the wiring and installation of a key-fob
Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in attendance.
Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that a number of weather days
will likely extend the Downtown utility project beyond its scheduled
completion date of Saturday, June 4. Or as O’Dell remarked, “It slid a bit.”
“Hopefully not more than a few days,” replied Member Jim Ton, R-1st.
“We’re hoping,” O’Dell said.
O’Dell did note that the new sanitary sewer main is in place and that crews
are now at work on a new storm sewer. He added that the street lights along
South Calumet Road should be re-wired sometime this week, while a sanitary
lateral and water service have been extended into Thomas Centennial Park and
stubbed to await the construction of a new public restroom facility there.
From the CPD
Members voted 4-0 to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to pursue a
no-match grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for bullet-proof vests.
That grant would pay 50 percent of the cost of acquiring any new vests.
Members also voted 4-0 to authorize the cutting of a manual check in the
amount of $28,822 for a new squad car, a 2011 Dodge Charger. The council
approved that expenditure last year but the CPD has only now taken delivery
of the car.