A year from now visitors to Downtown Chesterton could well be enjoying the
use of a restroom facility built in Thomas Centennial Park by the Building
Trades students at CHS.
It’s not a done deal yet, but at the Town Council’s meeting Monday night
Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that Building Trades teacher Jeff
Larson thinks it’s a good project.
“He’s got the blue prints in hand,” Mathias said.
Larson will have to seek the approval of the Building Trades committee and
has yet to price out the specs but he does consider it “a doable project,”
Now the big question is timing. Where on the syllabus Larson might schedule
the construction isn’t known at this point and timing is an issue. “We don’t
want a hole down there” during the Wizard of Oz Festival, Mathias noted.
Once Larson has the green-light from his people and has submitted a cost
estimate, the council and Building Trades can formalize the matter, Mathias
In other business, members voted 4-0 to award the contract for a new
front-end loader to Roland Machinery Company of Portage, which submitted the
low quote of $149,770. Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, was not in attendance.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg did say that the apparent low quote
submitted by Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company of Fort
Wayne--$136,630—proved not to be a “responsive” one, as the company failed
to address one of the specifications. And under Indiana Code, Associate Town
Attorney Julie Paulson said, municipalities must award contracts to the
“lowest responsive and responsible” bidder.
The Utility has agreed to purchase the Street Department’s old front-end
loader for $50,000, in two annual payments of $25,000, which will cover the
first two years of a lease-purchase agreement on the new one.
Meanwhile, Schnadenberg also reported that the re-paving of Fifth Street
between 1100N and 1050N—delayed several times now, most recently by
rain—should begin on Tuesday and be completed by the end of Wednesday.
During the road work, that stretch of Fifth Street will be closed to all
through-traffic. Flaggers will be on site to provide residents of the
neighborhood with ingress and egress.
Members voted 4-0 to change the day and time of their next meeting, as it’s
likely no quorum would be available on the regular day: Monday, Aug. 27.
The schedule: the Town Council will meet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The
Redevelopment Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. the same day.
Watch for Kids,
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to remind motorists to use
extreme caution beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 22: the first day of school.
“Look for kids
and buses,” Ton said. “And honor the buses’ stop-arm and stop lights. It
could mean life or death for a student.”