So Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town
Council at its meeting Monday night.
It promises, on the whole, to be a tricky project, Schnadenberg said,
inasmuch as all of the utility poles must be replaced without interrupting
electric service. And, he noted, without hindering the high volumes of
traffic along Fifth Street early in the morning and in the afternoon, as
kids converge on and are excused from Bailly Elementary and Westchester
Of the 17 trees in question, Schnadenberg said that many are in rough shape,
some in active decay, and all to one degree or another a hazard to the power
line. “It’s a main north/south line and when those trees come in contact
with the line, outages result.”
NIPSCO has committed to replacing all trees removed, Schnadenberg added,
with species which are less likely to grow into the line.
Schnadenberg said that he expects some blowback from neighbors. “Typically
this isn’t real popular. But most of the 17 trees are not in great shape.”
And the Street Department will negotiate with NIPSCO about replacing each
one, Schnadenberg emphasized.
Some trees on private property may also need to be removed but “NIPSCO will
deal with those residents individually on a case-to-case basis,” he said.
“Although most of those trees will likely just be pruned.”
It’s not clear when the project will begin, Schnadenberg said, but NIPSCO
will be notifying residents in the neighborhood. Folks can also call the
Street Department at 926-2222 for more information.
A NIPSCO representative will be in attendance at the council’s Oct. 28
meeting to explain the project in more detail.
Ind. 49 Utility Corridor
In other NIPSCO-related news, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that NIPSCO
has at last completed connecting electric and natural-gas services to the
new lift station south of the Indiana Toll Road, which will serve the
so-called utility corridor.
That lift station will be started up “relatively soon,” O’Dell said.
Cub Scout Troop 929 led attendees at the start of Monday’s meeting in the
Pledge of Allegiance.