At its Zoom meeting
Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to award the
contract for engineering and right-of-way acquisition for Phase III of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail to American StructurePoint of Highland.
All members and
department heads were in attendance.
The contract price:
$296,315. Under the terms of the contract, American StructurePoint must
provide $1 million in professional liability insurance.
Harris Welsh &
Lukmann will assist with the appraisal and acquisition of public
right-of-way needed for the project, which will extend an eight-foot
hike/bike trail along the north side of 1100N from South Fifth Street to
100E. A branch line will also be constructed, roughly mid-way between South
Fifth Street and 100E, across 1100N into the Tamarack subdivision by way of
a corridor owned by the Park Department. Then hikers and bikers will be able
to access Coffee Creek Center via the Tamarack public sidewalks and Rail
Phase III is being
funded by a 75/25 match grant in the amount of $1,209,375 awarded by the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Member Jim Ton, R-1st,
reminded his colleagues that the town opted to apply for a 75/25 match,
rather than the more usual 80/20 grant, to make the Town of Chesterton more
competitive and attractive in the grant process. “We beefed it up from 80/12
to win the grant,” he said.
When completed, the
Westchester-Liberty Trail will link Coffee Creek Center to the 23rd Street
Sidewalk all the way to the Prairie Duneland Trail and beyond.
“It’s all about the
kids,” Ton noted. “We really need to get the kids to school safely.”
congratulated Town Engineer Mark O’Dell on another successful grant
application. “You did a tremendous job,” he said.
“Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, and I
all worked together on the application. It was a team effort.”
Member Bob Allison,
D-4th, thanked O’Dell as well, in particular for his skill in explaining
complicated civil engineering projects simply. “Kudos to you for being able
to explain these projects in layman’s terms,” he said. “It’s much