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North Calumet Road paving starts next week

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NIPSCO’s replacement of a natural-gas main along North Calumet Road was supposed to have been a four- to five-week project.

Now, as Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, the project is in its eighth or ninth week.

Which is beginning to concern Schnadenberg, as a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant has been secured to re-pave North Calumet Road this season between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing. The idea was always to re-pave North Calumet Road after NIPSCO finished the main replacement, but now it’s nearly October and Schnadenberg has misgivings about doing any paving work that late in the season. “I really don’t like paving in October,” he said. “There’s a lot of problems associated with that.”

So Schnadenberg has put NIPSCO on notice that the milling of North Calumet Road will begin on Monday, Sept. 21, and has urged the company to put as many workers on the job as necessary to get it done prior to Monday. Schnadenberg did note that the actual main has been replaced but that crews are still connecting residential and commercial service laterals to the new line.

Motorists should seek alternative routes next week if possible. Schnadenberg believes that the southbound lane will remain open but the northbound lane will be closed, with motorists re-routed to Wabash Ave., Locust Street, and Woodlawn Ave.

Grant Opportunity

In other business, members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to research the feasibility of obtaining a matching grant which would allow the town to purchase and install in emergency responses vehicles a traffic signal preemption system for the light at Ind. 49 and Indian Boundary Road.

Such a system would allow police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, and even snowplow operators to change, from their vehicles, red lights at the intersection to green.

“It would help a lot of different services beyond emergency services,” Fire Chief John Jarka observed.

The grant is being offered through the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

Dollar General/Aldi

Meanwhile, O’Dell, wearing his Building Commissioner’s hat, reported that work has begun on the Dollar General on Broadway. The first step: clearing trees from the lot.

Also, O’Dell said: Aldi has submitted plans for its new grocery store on the site of the demolished Kmart on Indian Boundary Road.

CPD Body Cameras

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment on behalf of Police Chief Dave Cincoski--who was unavailable to attend Monday’s meeting--to answer a query raised by several residents, namely, whether Chesterton Police officers are equipped with body cameras.

Not only are CPD officers equipped with body cameras, their vehicles are equipped with in-car cameras as well, Ton said.

Both cameras are now in use by all patrol officers, Ton said.

The camera systems were purchased in February 2019 at a cost of $212,900 over five years. In advance of that purchase, the Police Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Standard Operating Procedure governing the use of body and in-car cameras, as reported at the time by the Chesterton Tribune.

Budget Hearing

Members voted unanimously to hold a hearing on the 2021 budget at a special meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

Free firewood at Street Dept.

There’s free firewood for the hauling at the Chesterton Street Department’s yard waste site, 1490 Broadway, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced at the Town Council’s meeting Monday night.

The logs are what’s left of a number of hazard trees removed this past summer by Street Department crews.

The yard waste site is accessed off North 15th Street, behind the municipal complex.

Town still offering low-interest business loans

Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, and Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare want local businesses to know that the Chesterton Economic Development Company (CEDC) still has more than $100,000 in funds available to loan to businesses.

The CHAMP (Chesterton Hometown Asset Maximization Program) loans may be used for any purpose, including rehab, upgrade, and equipment or furniture purchases.

The 2-percent loan must be re-paid in full after five years, with two installments per year. A maximum loan amount has not been set. The CEDC is capitalized at $120,000.

Applications are available online at or at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 1490 Broadway. The CECD reviews all applications and forwards its recommendations to the Town Council for action.

The CEDC loan program dates to 1986, when the town received a federal grant, of which around $100,000 remains.



Posted 9/15/2/20




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