Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, wants to know whether the town has the
jurisdiction to ban truckers’ use of jake brakes on Ind. 49.
Ton took a moment
at the end of the council’s meeting Monday night to note that residents of
Morgan Park and 1100N have approached him about the prevalence of the
jack-hammer noise which jake brakes make in their neighborhoods.
Jake brake is the
common term for a compression-release engine braking system installed on
some diesel engines. When activated, jake brakes make a loud exhaust noise,
prompting many communities to prohibit their use.
As Ton noted,
however, the Indiana Department of Transportation has jurisdiction on Ind.
49. “It’s their road and I’m not sure if on our own we can enforce a ban on
jake brakes,” he said. “But it has become a concern.”
Ton added that he’s
meeting with INDOT officials next week.
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that this season’s paving
jobs have been completed and--with the exception of one block on East
Indiana Ave. in Morgan Park--so have the sidewalk replacement projects.
There were two
major paving projects this year funded with a combination of tax increment
financing revenues and a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant:
South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton post office; and
Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road and then north to
the Street Department mostly played small-ball, with a host of two- or
three-block paving jobs.
Next year’s paving
projects, on the other hand, will be much more extensive, on the strength of
a $1.8-million general obligation bond issued earlier this summer for
roadwork and sidewalk improvements.
From the Parks
Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the excavation in Thomas
Centennial Park made to install a sanitary sewer line for the boxcar
restroom has been graded and seeded.
He also reported
that the splash pad at Chesterton Park has been closed for the season.
DeLaney, R-5th, asked the public at the end of Monday’s meeting to honor the
memory of the martyrs killed 17 years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Remember what it
means to us,” he said.