replacement project on Broadway at South Fifth Street has become more
involved than anyone anticipated.
As Town Engineer
Mark O’Dell reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Stormwater
Management Board, during the course of the work a drainage problem was
discovered at the southwest corner of Broadway and South Fifth Street,
necessitating the installation of an inlet. Then, “as soon as we touched
it,” the ancient brickwork of the inlet at the southeast corner “fell
apart,” necessitating its replacement as well.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune
after the meeting, a Street Department crew was out Sunday morning
saw-cutting a jagged edge off a newly poured length of sidewalk on Broadway.
That work, he said, couldn’t wait until Monday, since the contractor, Cabe’s
Concrete of Chesterton, was scheduled to continue the pour on Monday
“We had to work to
the contractor’s schedule,” Schnadenberg said. “We’ve also been pouring in
between rains and that’s complicated things too.”
In other business,
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that she’s begun the process of
applying to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for
renewal of the Stormwater Utility’s five-year National Pollution Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permit, for the period November 2018-November
Gadzala told the Tribune after the meeting, IDEM will be reviewing
the Stormwater Utility’s administration of the federally mandated Municipal
Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program and its adherence to the six
minimal control measures: public education and outreach; public
participation; construction; post-construction; municipal good housekeeping;
and illicit discharges.
The point of the
MS4 program: to monitor all sources of stormwater runoff pollution, from
sediment at building sites to dog waste, pesticides, and fertilizer; from
accidental oil or antifreeze spills in Town of Chesterton garages and bays
to unregulated and illegal outsource pipes on private property.
As part of the
NPDES process, members voted unanimously to authorize the payment to IDEM of
a $50 application fee.
July in Review
In July the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $19,035 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $121,271.
O’Dell did make
note of one line item: an expenditure of $4,874 for accounting services.
That amount was the Stormwater Utility’s share of the cost of the State
Board of Account’s recently completed audit of the town’s books.
The SBOA performs
the audit, then charges the town the expense of doing so.
In July the Town
Council authorized a similar payment to the SBOA, this one in the amount of