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INDOT awards Westchester Liberty Trail contract to Walsh and Kelly

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INDOT officially let Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail on April 5, Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting Monday night.

The apparent low bidder: Walsh & Kelly. The company’s bid: $547,049, significantly less than the original estimated cost of more than $700,000.

Which means, as O’Dell noted, that the town’s share of the construction costs will be proportionately less than anticipated as well. The town has received three separate 80/20 grants totaling $1,074,394 from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, to defray engineering and construction expenses as well as right-of-way acquisition and wetland mitigation.

At O’Dell’s request, members voted unanimously to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela to cut a check to NIPSCO--using CEDIT funding--to cover the town’s share of the construction contract, roughly $110,000.

Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail provides for the continuation of the eight-foot sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from Rosehill Estates to South 11th Street; and on the south side of 1100N from South 11th Street to South Fifth Street. O’Dell at the moment expects the project to be completed sometime in September.

Crack Sealing

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced an aggressive program of crack sealing this year.

Among the roadways and areas on his list: the entirety of the Prairie Duneland Trail; the municipal complex’s parking lot; 1050N between South Fifth Street and South 11th Street; 1050N from Babcock Road to Ind. 149; South 11th Street from 1050 to 1100N; West Morgan Ave. from 19th Street to 23rd Street; Jefferson Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Fifth Street; portions of the Westchester South subdivision; and all of the Duneland Trails subdivision.

Schnadenberg estimated the total cost of this season’s crack sealing program--exclusive of the Prairie Duneland phase, which will be covered with park bond revenues--at $25,000.

Easton Park

Meanwhile, O’Dell reported that he expects the Building Department this month to issue the first permit for a new home at the Easton Park subdivision, located at the east of 250E at the terminus of East Porter Ave.

When Easton Park is built out, it will be the single largest subdivision ever developed in the Town of Chesterton, at 342 single-family homes.

O’Dell also reported that, per the planned unit development ordinance, a six-foot privacy fence will be erected the length of the subdivision along the east side of 250E.

The developers also plan on building a six-foot fence on either side of the subdivision’s entrance road, essentially an extension of East Porter Ave., but that the PUD ordinance will first have to be amended.

Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his admiration for the work that’s been done by the Porter County Parks Foundation on the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located on South 11th Street directly opposite the rear entrance to the Westchester Intermediate School.

“They have done an absolutely wonderful job with what they’ve been given,” DeLaney said. “And if you have not walked the site, you’d be very impressed by what we have in our own town.”

The Sanctuary is being developed in a wetland which--a half century ago--served as the town’s dump.



Posted 4/12/2017




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