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Chesterton contract with Able Disposal expires at end of year

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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.

Schnadenberg said that he doesn’t expect many changes in the next contract.

This year 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.

Community Crossings Grant

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.

Conceivably too, 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

Schnadenberg also 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 or fire.

Schnadenberg plans to have something to show the council later this summer.


Posted 6/14/2017





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