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
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.