once, the re-pave of North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the
Norfolk Southern grade-crossing is now scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night.
told the council at its last meeting, NIPSCO’s gas-main replacement project
along North Calumet Road was supposed to be a four- to five-week job. It’s
now been about three months, and Schnadenberg is getting antsy, as October
weather is historically an iffy time to be laying asphalt.
NIPSCO’s contractor, Michels Pipe Line Construction Inc., “fell behind the
completion date,” Schnadenberg said. But he’s now been “assured” that the
project will be finished next week.
The North Calumet
Road re-pave is the last job this season partially funded by a 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant, and Schnadenberg is
seriously hopeful that weather doesn’t force the postponement of the project
yet again. “I hate to think we’ll have to drive on that road for the next
few months,” he noted. “We’ll have to wait to see what the weather is like.”
Should the project
go forward as scheduled on Oct. 12, motorists should seek alternative routes
if possible. Schnadenberg believes that the southbound lane will remain open
but the northbound lane will be closed, with traffic re-routed to Wabash
Ave., Locust Street, and Woodlawn Ave.
In other business,
Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell reported that construction of the new
Dollar General building is now underway and moving quickly, on the site of
the former Lipinski Automotive in the 1300 block of Broadway.
“They’re working on
the footings now and hope to have it up in 90 days,” O’Dell said.
added, the Building Department is currently reviewing plans for the new Aldi
on the site of the old Kmart store, in the 700 block of Indian Boundary
Kittredge, R-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to ask colleague
Dane Lafata, D-3rd, whether Lafata might be amenable to accepting
Kittredge’s liaisonship to the Street Department.
Lafata said that
he’d be happy to, and members approved the transfer of responsibility by
Lincoln Ave. Fence
Earlier in the
meeting, members strongly urged Kelly Foster and Dennis Maxwell, residing at
401 S. 10th St., to heed O’Dell’s order to remove a fence which they built
on the established Lincoln Ave. right-of-way on the north side of their
O’Dell issued that
order on Sept. 23, after determining not only that the fence was built on a
public right-of-way but was erected without a valid building permit. Foster
and Maxwell are liable to a $2,500 per day fine should they not remove the
fence within the 10-day period allowed by O’Dell’s order.
Foster and Maxwell
were hopeful of obtaining a vacation of that portion of Lincoln Ave. but
members indicated that granting such a vacation would establish a bad