The Town of
Chesterton has once again been awarded a Community Crossings 50/50
infrastructure grant from the State of Indiana.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting
Monday night, the $379,065.02 grant will pay for half of three high-profile
* The repaving of
South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Chesterton Post Office.
* The repaving of
Wabash Ave. from North Calumet Road to Waverly Road (and then Waverly Road
north to Woodlawn Ave.).
* And the
installation of a box culvert to replace the current bridge over Sand Creek
on East Porter Ave.
The paving will be
done next year, Schnadenberg said. The culvert project is still in the
Last year the state
awarded the town a $152,562 50/50 grant for the repaving of 1100N between
Pearson Road and South Fifth Street, and as President Jim Ton, R-1st, noted,
Schnadenberg, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala--the
brains behind the grant application--get high marks for their continuing
superb work. “Congratulations on a job well done,” Ton said. “The credit for
that goes to the people who wrote the application.”
Ton added that the
town has an excellent reputation at the Northwestern Indiana Regional
Planning Commission for the accuracy and completeness of its grant
applications. “Chesterton is known there for always being on point with its
applications,” he said.
“It was a team
effort,” Schnadenberg remarked for his part.
In other business,
members instructed Schnadenberg to investigate the cost of obtaining two
appraisals--per state law--for the old Lipinski Automotive property at 1300
which Lipinski has put on the market, is contiguous to the rear of the
municipal complex at 1490 Broadway and would provide not only about an acre
and a half for future expansion of the Street Department but an additional
point of ingress and egress.
DeLaney, R-5th, made it clear, however, that even should the council agree
to obtain two appraisals, doing so would in no way commit the town to
purchase the property. And should the council in fact pursue the purchase,
under Indiana Code it could offer no more for the property than the average
of the two appraisals.
voted unanimously to permit the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to erect two
temporary banners promoting the Hometown Holiday Celebration and the
Mistletoe Market at two locations in town, from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25.
The locations: at
the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road; and on East
Porter Ave. near Chesterton Cemetery.
The banners will be
installed in the ground, Schnadenberg said.
Pumpkin Patch Road
Members also voted
unanimously to accept as a public right-of-way the private road serving the
Pumpkin Patch planned unit development on the north side of Indian Boundary
Road: the former home of the Applebee’s restaurant.
Attorney Julie Paulson confirmed that the private--now public--road was
originally built to town standards.