At a short and
uneventful meeting of the Chesterton Stormwater Management Board on Monday,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the Street Department
has completed a full sweep of the town.
one of the requirements of the federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm
Sewer System (MS4) program administered by the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management (IDEM). The point of streetsweeping: to remove
gravel, debris, and cigarette butts from the roadways before the litter can
enter storm drains during rain events.
IDEM requires a
complete annual accounting of the results of a municipalityís streetsweeping
program. Although the results for 2017 havenít yet been tabulated, MS4
Operator Jennifer Gadzala told the Chesterton Tribune after the
meeting that in 2016 the townís two streetsweepers cleaned a total of 453
miles of roadway (some of the roadways were swept more than once) and
collected fully 134 cubic yards of litter.
In other business,
Gadzala expressed her gratitude to the Town Council for formally proclaiming
the week of Sept. 18-22 SepticSmart Week in the town.
SepticSmart Week is
an outreach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aiming to educate
homeowners on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems.
Somewhere in the
neighborhood of 100 homes in incorporated Chesterton are still served by
septic systems, Gadzala noted.
The core messages
of SepticSmart Week:
* Think at the
* Donít overload
* Shield your
* Test your
drinking well water.
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