The Chesterton Street Department is up to its eyeballs in sidewalk work
At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg reported that crews recently finished a complicated replacement
project in the TIF district, along South Calumet Road in front of the
Marathon gas station. The project included a drainage component--piping the
alley just south of the gas station--and was complicated by the presence of
underground fiber-optic conduit.
Crews then moved north and are replacing the sidewalk in the area of South
Calumet and West Morgan Ave. Schnadenberg noted that, when Old Ind. 49 was
poured years ago, the curb was poured right along with the road surface,
which has forced the Street Department “to rent a very large saw to cut
through the curb.”
“What was a three-day job has turned into a week,” Schnadenberg said.
Also on tap: sections of sidewalk on East Morgan Ave., on Wilson Street, and
on Fifth Street just off Broadway.
But Schnadenberg said that his crews may interrupt that work for some
paving, including a joint project with the Town of Porter: 23rd Street from
Wood Street to Washington Ave.
In other business, members added a new job title to the 2013 Salary
Ordinance: Interim Building Commissioner, a position which Fire Chief Mike
Orlich has held since April 22, when health issues forced Dave Novak to step
Under the amendment to the Salary Ordinance--which members voted unanimously
to approve--Orlich will earn an annual salary of $10,200, retroactive to
Ind. 49 Utility Corridor Update
Earlier in the evening, at its regular monthly meeting, the Redevelopment
Commission voted unanimously to grant a second 30-day extension to LGS
Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point, general contractor on the Ind. 49 utility
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell recommended the extension, which takes effect on
Wednesday, replacing a previous 30-day extension. At the moment the main
sticking point is arranging with NIPSCO to connect electrical and
natural-gas hook-ups at the lift station.
“NIPSCO is aware, we have their attention, and we’re seeing movement,”
A few other things remain to be done. There’s still some electrical and
systems work to be done on the lift station and the paving of the access
road to the station hasn’t been completed yet, O’Dell added.