The Chesterton Town
Council has approved a “regulated territory” ordinance as part of the
settlement of the Utility’s territorial dispute with Valparaiso City
At their meeting
Tuesday night, members voted unanimously to enact the ordinance, previously
endorsed by the Utility Service Board.
grants the Utility “the exclusive power, control, and jurisdiction to
furnish, regulate, and provide sanitary sewer service to new customers”
located in the regulated territory.
territory has been previously stipulated and demarcated as follows: the
Chesterton Utility will continue to serve Fox Chase Farms and the Whispering
Sands Mobile Home Park and has exclusive rights within the whole of the
so-called “Porter County Recapture Area,” bordered roughly by the Indiana
Toll Road to the north, North Calumet Ave. to the east, a portion of
unincorporated Liberty Township south of U.S. Highway 6, and a portion of
unincorporated Jackson Township east of C.R. 350E.
dispute was prompted last year by Valparaiso City Utilities’ acquisition of
the Damon Run Conservancy District’s sanitary sewer infrastructure and the
Valparaiso City Counci’s concomitant declaration of an exclusive sewer
territory which extended well into a similar territory in unincorporated
Liberty Township formally declared by the Chesterton Town Council six years
Public Hearing Set
In other business,
members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at their next meeting,
Monday, June 8, on the petition of Mike and Melissa Topor for the reduction
of a utility and drainage easement on their property at 3525 Drivers Lane.
The Topors are
hoping to install a swimming pool in their yard but it would encroach on the
7.5-foot easement running along their property line. The Topors are seeking
to reduce the easement by 3.5 feet.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell told the council that a comparable easement runs along the next door
neighbor’s property line, which would still leave nearly 12 feet of total
easement should it be needed.
Should the council
be of a mind to grant the easement reduction, the Topors will still need to
obtain at least one variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
reported that the Building Department has been receiving a lot of calls from
folks interested in the Aldi being developed on the site of the old Kmart on
Indian Boundary Road.
O’Dell told members, the Building Department hasn’t yet received a formal
submission from Aldi and at this point he has no information on the actual
specs of the project.
Fisher, I-5th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to say that she’s
eager to begin meeting again in person. “I am looking forward to meeting in
person starting very soon,” she said. “I’m thankful for Zoom but I’m looking
forward to seeing you all very soon.”
“Just tell me where
the meeting is and I’ll be there with my mask on,” agreed Member Jim Ton,
Member Bob Allison,
D-3rd, for his part, wanted to make clear that the delayed re-opening of the
Chesterton playgrounds was his doing and not Park Superintendent’s Shane
Griffin. The playgrounds were originally slated for opening on May 24,
per Gov. Eric Holcomb’s phased-in re-opening plan, but the Town of
Chesterton has adopted a more conservative schedule, based on CDC guidances,
and under those guidances Chesterton’s playgrounds, tennis and basketball
courts, restrooms, and splash pad will remain closed to the public at least
until July 4.
“I’ll take the hit
for that,” Allison said.