By KEVIN NEVERS
Exactly three years
ago, the Chesterton Stormwater Management Board floated a bond issue to
finance approximately $800,000 in infrastructure projects.
Three years later,
half a dozen stormwater projects have been completed, at a cost of around
$662,000, and a balance of $119,165.11 remains.
Engineer Chris Nesper reported at Monday’s board meeting.
As Nesper noted,
the cost of most of the bond projects, for one reason or another, exceeded
the original cost estimates, and a number of the projects on the list simply
won’t get funded, at least not through the bond issue: work, for instance,
on the open ditch along 1100N east of the CVS Pharmacy, and the installation
of best management practices at the Crocker compost site.
The last project
which will get done, at least partially done: piping and closing the ditches
on the north side of West Porter Ave. between 19th Street and 23rd Street.
Estimated cost: $150,000. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton
Tribune after the meeting that this project will be undertaken next year in
the spring or summer, and that as much of it will be done as funding allows,
unless, that is, the board should authorize an additional expenditure of
cash on hand to finish the work.
The completed bond
* The clearing of
the detention basin immediately west of 23rd Street and south of the Prairie
* Repairs on the
23rd Street storm sewer.
* Replacement of a
stormwater sewer on Taylor Street.
* The installation
of two stormwater lift stations: one in the alley behind Val’s
Famous Pizza & Grinders; and the other in an alley off 11th Street just
north of West Porter Ave.
* Work on ditches
and culverts in the Morningside subdivision.
* Drainage work in
the 1000 block of Park Ave.
More on the 23rd
Street Storm Sewer
However, as Nesper
made clear later in the meeting, the repairs made to approximately 110 feet
of the 23rd Street storm sewer and funded by the bond issue have in no way
brought the whole of that line up to snuff.
In fact, Nesper
said, something like 1,100 feet of the 23rd Street storm sewer remain in
dire need of work. A recent videotaping of the line--which Nesper showed to
members on Monday--reveals numerous joint failures, the infiltration of
large amounts of sand and sediment, and the “egging”
of the line in places, threatening collapse.
The board took no
action on the issue at Monday’s meeting but is likely to front-burner it in
board voted 3-0 to approve the Stormwater Utility’s 2015 budget, submitted
projects total revenues of $405,300, less $54,000 for the Capital
Improvement Fund, leaving revenue for operations of $405,300; total expenses
of $404,500; and a surplus of $1,250.
Salaries and wages
account for $235,000 of expenses; pensions and benefits for $95,050;
materials and supplies for $14,000; contractual services for $19,000;
transportation for $10,000; MS4 public education for $15,000; and
miscellaneous items for $16,000.
Members also voted
3-0 to write-off $1,847.37 in uncollectible bad debt from customers who’ve
moved out of town and can’t be located and a further $161.82 in
November in Review
In November the
Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $153 and in the year-to-date is running
a surplus of $80,155.