A month ago, the
Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell announced that the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission had rejected the town’s application for
additional funding for Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail, that
stretch of the hike-bike sidewalk along 1100N from Rosehill Estates to Fifth
Sought by the town
in that rejected application: an additional $500,000 or so, to bring NIRPC’s
total funding of Phase II to just shy of $1 million.
Last year NIRPC
awarded the town a grant of $405,834 to partially fund Phase II, whose total
cost O’Dell has estimated at $862,500.
As of a month ago,
however, NIRPC had apparently opted to conclude its funding of Phase II.
Until, that is,
NIRPC was prevailed upon to change its mind.
At the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, reported that, “after
several discussions and conversations, this decision was reconsidered by
NIRPC”--reconsidered to the tune of $547,725.
contribution now to Phase II: $953,559.
credited O’Dell’s efforts for changing minds at NIRPC and in general for his
strong advocacy of the town. “Mark O’Dell deserves particular recognition
from the council for his diligent and thorough attention to the town’s road
and trail program,” Ton said. “I believe that as a group, working together,
we have thus far been able to achieve significant progress in obtaining
funds for the Town of Chesterton.”
When completed, the
Westchester-Liberty Trail will extend along the north side of 1100N from
23rd Street to 100E and then south to Rail Road, linking Dogwood Park and
Coffee Creek Center.
In other business,
Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported, on behalf of Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg, that the second round of paving has been completed.
Among the roads
re-surfaced in town this summer: 11th Street between 1100N and 1050N; Fifth
Street from West Porter Ave. to 1100N; West Porter Ave. from 15th Street to
23rd Street; and 23rd Street from Washington Ave. to 1100N.
percent of the paving projects being funded by a $1.5 million bond issue
have been completed, Doyle said.
Doyle took a moment
to note that paving contractor Walsh & Kelly has “done a great job with
traffic control” during the work.