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Chesterton Town Council seeks engineers report on RR quiet zone conversion

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The Chesterton Town Council, having flirted for some years with the idea of converting the railroad at-grade crossings in the Downtown into quiet zones, is now prepared to spend some actual money on making it so.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to develop a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a comprehensive and detailed engineer’s report on the process by which a municipality can become a railroad quiet zone. Some retrofit of the town’s five Downtown grade-crossings would likely be necessary. Those five are located on South Calumet Road, North Fourth Street, South Eighth Street, North 15th Street, and North Jackson Blvd.

As Member Jim Ton, R-1st, noted, $40,000 in CEDIT moneys previously earmarked for the quiet-zone project are available to pay for such a report.

Town Manager Bernie Doyle will work with Town Engineer Mark O’Dell and Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann in developing the RFP.

New Lamar Sign

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Lamar Advertising under which the town will “piggyback” on a portion of the new digital sign which Lamar is planning to erect at the intersection of North Calumet Road and Indian Boundary Road.

The current sign is at least 10 years old, O’Dell told the council, it’s technology is obsolete, and merchants have complained that it often malfunctions.

Under the agreement, Lamar will build the new sign and allow the town to place below the digital message board itself the following legend in the shape of a left-turn arrow pointing to the Downtown: “Dining, Shops, Wineries, Breweries, Parks.”

“We thought those were the components important to attract people to the Downtown,” noted MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, who sits on the Chesterton Branding Leadership Team’s Infrastructure Committee.


Posted 4/23/2019




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