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New LED sign at IBR may be bright but it is at code

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The Lamar Advertising Company has replaced its old sign at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road with a bright new LED sign.

And according to some residents, it’s a little too bright.

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Redevelopment Commission.

The new LED sign was erected Thursday and Friday of last week, O’Dell said, and his office almost immediately received complaints that it’s too bright. But Lamar conducted a candlepower test on Sunday and determined that the sign is emitting no more than 0.3 foot-candles of light, which is the maximum--and permitted--number of foot-candles under Town Code, O’Dell said.

Apparently, O’Dell added, “the orange-ish yellow is the color that’s really getting to people.”

Work on the sign isn’t yet complete, O’Dell told the board, with crews scheduled to build a bottom block wall within the next couple of weeks.


In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle is working on a letter to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, requesting Visclosky’s assistance in chivvying along Amtrak, which hasn’t yet issued a boring permit for the installation of fiber optic conduit beneath its right-of-way.

That conduit will provide fiber optic service to Yost Elementary School.

“We don’t use that card very often but once in a while it’s necessary,” Doyle said of the letter.

West Indiana Ave.

Member Emerson DeLaney took a moment at the end of the meeting to thank and congratulate everyone who had a hand in the re-pave and re-stripe of West Indiana Ave. from South Calumet Road to South Fifth Street. Part of that project including the conversion of the parallel parking spaces in the 100 and 300 blocks to angled.

“It’s great,” DeLaney said. “It’s wonderful. A great design and I think it was money well spent.”



Posted 9/24/2019




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