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NIRPC awards another grant of $547,000 for 1100N sidewalk

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By KEVIN NEVERS

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 Street.

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.

NIRPC’s total contribution now to Phase II: $953,559.

Ton specifically 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.

Paving

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.

Approximately 60 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.

 

 

Posted 7/29/2014