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Chesterton TIF paving projects moving along

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Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg is ticking off paving projects one by one in the town’s tax increment financing district.

Schnadenberg told the Redevelopment Commission at its meeting Tuesday night that among other projects, Roberts Road, Ahrens Road, and Sand Creek Drive North have all been re-surfaced, as well as Dickinson Road between 1100N and Railroad.

Non-voting Member John Marshall likes the Dickinson Road job in particular. “It looks nice,” he said. “You did a really nice job on Dickinson Road. It looks sharp.”

Schnadenberg noted that striping for Dickinson Road could be finished this week.

He added that he’ll have a complete list of completed paving projects at the commission’s next meeting, June 22.

Capture Resolution

In other business, members voted unanimously to adopt the annual resolution determining a need to capture tax increment revenues.

“This puts all other taxing units on notice that the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission has a need to capture the taxes in its TIF districts,” Associate Town Attorney Connor Nolan told members.

Fiber Optic Update

Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that he’s hopeful movement will soon be made on obtaining a permit from Amtrak for directional-boring a fiber optic conduit beneath its railroad right-of-way. Doing so would enable the connection of Yost Elementary School to the town’s fiber optic network and complete the project.

The permit application itself costs $1,850: a $1,250 preparation fee; and an $800 railroad protective liability insurance fee. Members voted unanimously to approve the cutting of a manual check in that amount.

“This is the last leg,” O’Dell said. “Hopefully we can get this accomplished in the next couple of months.”


Posted 5/28/2020




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