The Town of
Chesterton’s three-year contract with Able Disposal for refuse and recycling
collection expires on Dec. 31, and at its meeting Monday night the Town
Council authorized Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to consult with
Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann about the next three-year contract.
that he doesn’t expect many changes in the next contract.
Chesterton households are paying $15.38 per month, an increase of 2.5
percent over 2016, when they paid $15 per month. That rate includes two
95-gallon rollaway containers, one for garbage, collected every week; and
the other for recycling, collected every other week.
President Jim Ton,
R-1st, did suggest that Schnadenberg explore the feasibility of exactly
reversing that schedule: recycling collection every week, and garbage
every other. “I always have 10 times more recycling than garbage,” Ton said.
“I think maybe
you’re the exception to the rule,” Schnadenberg ventured. But there’s no
reason, he added, why he couldn’t at least make inquiries.
In other business,
Schnadenberg reported that he, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator
Jennifer Gadzala are currently working on the town’s application for this
year’s round of Community Crossings state grants, available to
municipalities for road and infrastructure work.
Should the town be
awarded a Community Crossings 50/50 grant this season, Schnadenberg said, it
would be used to re-pave Wabash Ave. between North Calumet Road and Waverly
Road and--following the big curve by Joe’s Towing Inc.--Waverly Road north
to Woodlawn Ave. It would also be used to re-pave South Calumet Road from
Porter Ave. south to the Chesterton Post Office.
Schnadenberg said, it might be used to defray a portion of the cost of
replacing the East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand Creek with a box culvert.
Last year the town
was awarded a Community Crossings 50/50 grant which paid half the $312,000
cost of re-surfacing 1100N between South Fifth Street and Pearson Road.
Downtown Trash Cans
reported on Monday that he plans to investigate the acquisition next year of
new trash cans for the downtown.
The current cans
are about a dozen years old, he said, and several have been lost to damage
to have something to show the council later this summer.