Chesterton Utility Service Board Member Scot McCord is issuing his annual
warning to new customers of the Utility.
If you have recently moved to a new house in town and expect to fill a
swimming pool or water a newly seeded lawn this summer, be prepared to pay
the piper when you get your summer sanitary sewer bill in the fall.
As McCord noted at Monday’s meeting of the Service Board, residents who have
an established rate—that is, who paid for sanitary sewer service this year
in the billing period extending from mid-February through mid-April—get a
break in the billing period extending from mid-June through mid-August.
Under a policy established by the Service Board, they pay the lesser of two
amounts: a rate based on their actual consumption in the summer billing
period, or a rate based on their prior consumption in the winter billing
But new residents who have no established rate will have to pay the full
summer ate, and it could be high if they use a lot of water for recreation,
landscaping, or gardening. That’s because the Utility bills its customers on
their consumption of water, as calculated by Indiana-American Water Company
Because that consumption typically increases in the summer, however, and
much of the water used does not actually enter the sanitary sewer system is
accordingly not treated, the Utilities gives its established customers a
Residents without an established rate do have one option, though. They may
arrange with IAWC to have a second meter installed to measure their outdoor
Force Main Bids
In other business, the Service Board voted 5-0 to take under advisement the
bids received for the installation of a new force main beneath West
Porter Ave. between South Calumet Road and Fifth Street.
•$457,618.12 from G.E. Marshall of Valparaiso.
•$488,488 from Woodruff & Sons of Michigan City.
•$602,307 from LGS Plumbing of Crown Point.
The necessity of installing a new force main emerged two summers ago when it
was discovered—thanks to a sink hole at the intersection of West Porter Ave.
and Eighth Street—that the ductile iron pipe of the original main had
disintegrated, for reasons still unknown, years before it should have. A new
PVC force main was laid between Fifth Street and Eighth Street but the
second stretch, between South Calumet Road and Fifth Street, is still
That force main serves the Dickinson Road lift station east of Ind. 49. At
the time a temporary bypass was implemented linking the failed force main to
a gravity main and that bypass remains in effect.
This project will funded through revenues from last year’s $5.1 million bond
•The re-lining of the Porter Ave. gravity main—partially funded by a federal
earmark secured by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st—should begin sometime in
July, once the contractor has submitted a safety plan, work schedule, and
other documents to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
•Members voted 5-0 to hold a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. July 12 to open
bids for Phase II of the Downtown sanitary sewer replacement and separation
project. Phase II involves the installation of a new stormwater line beneath
South Calumet Road between Morgan Ave. and Porter Ave. While on the subject,
McCord took note of the fortuitousness of the Service Board’s decision to
postpone Phase I of the project to next year, given the ongoing strike of
Teamsters Local 142. “We got lucky,” he said. “If we’d gone ahead with it
this year, right now we’d be sitting with a big open hole in the Downtown.”
•R.V. Sutton Inc. has completed the emergency repair of a collapsed sewer
line behind the houses on Moraine Road in the Morningside subdivision.
President Larry Brandt took a moment to express his admiration for R.V.
Sutton’s professionalism, given the fact that the line in question was 16
feet deep and was overlaid by a Verizon line.
•Members also expressed their appreciation to Woodruff & Sons Inc. for its
quick and skilled response to the collapse of a sanitary sewer line earlier
this month into Coffee Creek along the north side of East Porter Ave.
“Everybody worked together,” McCord said. “Woodruff was just like ants
crawling around taking care of the problem.” For his part Member Jim Raffin
remarked on the well-posted detour route directing motorists around the work
May in Review
In May Chesterton used 60.14 percent of its 3,752,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 60.01 percent of its
767,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 82.50
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 60.65 percent
of its capacity.
May was a wet month, with 3.82 inches of rain recorded at the plant. A total
of 2.5 million gallons were bypassed during rain events.
In May the Utility ran surplus of $183,944 and in the year-to-date is
running a deficit of $144.147.