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TIF board eyeing paving work for 2014 season

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Redevelopment Commission is eyeing about a quarter of a million dollars worth of projects in the TIF district this year.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted 4-0 to approve $35,000 in crack sealing, then 4-0 to approve $10,000 in sidewalk replacements and $15,000 in pavement striping. Member Sharon Darnell was not in attendance.

Still under advisement: around $159,000 in proposed paving projects.

Begin with crack sealing. Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg wants to do approximately $50,000 of it, with $35,000 from tax increment financing moneys and $15,000 from CEDIT. Main roadways slated for crack sealing are 23rd Street, 1100N, West and East Porter Ave., Indian Boundary Road, North Calumet Road, Wabash Ave., and Woodlawn Ave.

Two sidewalk replacement projects are on tap: the east side of South Calumet Road from Morgan Ave. north; and the east side of South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. south. Total estimated cost: $10,000.

And Schnadenberg would like to refurbish pavement markings--center lines, stop bars, directional arrows, edge lines--to the tune of $15,000.

The commission has yet to approve Schnadenberg’s list of recommended paving projects:

* North Calumet Road from Woodlawn Ave. to Taylor Street.

* Brown Ave. from North Calumet Road to Third Street.

* East Indiana Ave. from South Calumet Road to Lois Lane, including the public parking lot adjacent to Coffee Creek Park and behind the South Calumet Road business block.

* East Morgan Ave. from South Calumet Road to Wilson Street.

* The public parking lot at Third Street and Broadway.

Total estimated cost: $158,748.

LED Lighting

In other business, Schnadenberg reported that Ellis Electric has installed LED lighting on two of the decorative streetlights in the Downtown.

Although Schnadenberg expects LED lighting to cost considerably less, he has no usage numbers at present. “It will probably take one to two years to recoup the investment,” Schnadenberg said.

“I’m just guessing it’s got to be cost-effective,” Member Jim Ton agreed. “But we’ll need to see the numbers.”

Claims

Members voted 4-0 to approve two claims: $4,425 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann; and $3,129.10 from Ralston Paving.

 

 

Posted 4/30/2014