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RR quiet zone study slightly behind schedule

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The Downtown railroad quiet-zone feasibility study is slightly behind schedule, Chesterton Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

The reason: roughly 20 percent of the staff of CTC Inc.--the Fort Worth, Texas, consultancy contracted to conduct the study--has been poached by a competing firm, Doyle said.

“They jumped ship,” as he put it.

In any case, a new project manager from CTC is scheduled to contact Town Engineer Mark O’Dell by the end of the week, Doyle added.

CTC is performing the feasibility study at a price not to exceed $71,427.18. A completed feasibility study should be delivered to the town sometime in the fall.


In other business, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, announced that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has approved the expenditure of INDOT moneys on the improvement of two railroad grade-crossings in town: the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing at South Calumet Road; and the CSX grade-crossing on North 15th Street, the tracks in between the Norfolk Southern line in Chesterton and the Amtrak line in Porter.

Both grade-crossings will be upgraded, including the addition of stop-gates at the CSX tracks.

“I don’t have numbers on (the cost of the improvement) but it’s official,” Ton said.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve the vacation of a platted but unimproved stretch of Joliet Ave. in Crocker, which runs north of the Stratton residence at 1707 Tower St.

The Strattons purchased the property in September 2019, only to discover that most of the barn--which appears to be original to the 1935 house--encroaches on the unimproved Joliet Ave. right-of-way.

At a public hearing which preceded the vote, no one spoke in favor of the vacation and no one in opposition.

Dogwood Shelter

Park Superintendent Bruce Mathis reported that work is proceeding on the new picnic shelter at Dogwood Park. “It’s down to concrete and roof,” he told the council.

The new shelter is located immediately west of the playground.



Posted 2/25/2020




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