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Chesterton EDC continues to work on business loan application rules

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The recently re-established Chesterton Economic Development Company (CEDC) continues to make progress on the application process to make loans available to business owners for improvements to their buildings.

At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, President Jim Ton, R-1st, reported that the CEDC met last week, at which time it formally replaced the old term for the initiative--“facade loans”--with a new one, the Chesterton Improvement Loan Program, signifying that other projects besides facade refurbishing may qualify for loans.

The loans will be made in amounts of up to $5,000, will carry an interest rate of 2 percent, and must be repaid in full after five years, with two installments per year.

Ton did say that the CEDC hasn’t yet determined what sorts of projects will qualify for loans.

Seated on the CEDC are Ton, president; Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, vice-president; Town Manager Bernie Doyle, secretary; Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela, treasurer; and Richard Riley, owner of Riley’s Railhouse.

The old facade loan program was established in 1987 with a grant awarded to the town by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Since its establishment, the program has loaned a total of $422,321.21 to Chesterton businesses for facade improvements. The program was frozen, however, due to outdated guidelines and application forms.

Express Slats

In other business, O’Dell reported that an Illinois business is looking to set up shop on Pioneer Trail: Express Slats Manufacturing Inc., a door supplier currently located in Cook County.

Express Slats has submitted an application for a building permit, presently under review, for a 7,800-square foot facility on Pioneer Trail, consisting of a 6,000-square foot production building with an attached 1,800-square foot office.

Community Crossings

Meanwhile, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that it’s unlikely that--should the town be awarded a 50/50 Community Crossings grant from the state for re-paving--that the work will be done this year.

The state is still reviewing 2,500 projects submitted by municipalities across Indiana, Schnadenberg said, and probably won’t be announcing awards until October. “I just don’t feel comfortable paving that late in the season.”

Last year far fewer municipalities submitted applications, Schnadenberg noted, and the review process went much faster.

Should the town be awarded a grant, it would be used to re-pave South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office; and Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road, with Waverly Road also being re-surfaced north to Woodlawn Ave.

Vacation Petition

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its Oct. 9 meeting on the petition of a property owner in Crocker for a vacation of a platted but unimproved stretch of Church Street.

That bit of Church Street currently separates two pieces of property owned by the man, at 1711 Church Street, and a second directly to the west. The man is seeking to combine both pieces into a single parcel.

SepticSmart Week

Members also voted unanimously to adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of Sept. 18-22 SepticSmart Week in the Town of Chesterton.

SepticSmart Week promotes the regular maintenance of septic fields and good wastewater habits for healthy groundwater.

As Ton noted, there still are older properties in Chesterton’s corporate limits served by septic systems.

Snow Plow

Declared Surplus

Finally, members voted unanimously to declare a nine-foot Viking snowplow, currently owned by the Street Department, surplus.

That plow will go on the block at the town’s annual municipal auction, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.

Viewing begins at 6 p.m.; the auction itself, at 7 p.m.



Posted 9/12/2017





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