driven over it scores of times without noticing: a buckle in the asphalt in
the 700 block of South Calumet Road, just a ridge in the blacktop maybe an
inch high, just one more bump in the road.
For Bill Lynch,
however, who lives in the 700 block of South Cal, the ridge might as well be
an active fault line.
As Lynch told the
Chesterton Town Council at its meeting Monday night, every time a heavy
truck hits that line of buckled asphalt, his houses shakes and dishes in the
cabinets--maybe his teeth too--rattle.
So when is South
Cal due to be re-paved, Lynch wanted to know?
Not this year,
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, replied. Next year? Possibly. But probably not. Right
now the town is hoping to be awarded a grant from the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission--as part of the federal Livable Centers
Initiative--which would not only re-pave South Calumet Road between Porter
Ave. and the Pope O’Connor Ditch but would also narrow it some.
But the grant
process moves slow. And, as Ton noted, “We are hesitant to spend our own
money if we can get a grant.”
John Schnadenberg, on the other hand, may have a more immediate solution.
Forget re-paving South Cal, at least for now. Instead, Schnadenberg said, he
may be able to arrange for Rieth Riley, Chesterton’s 2016 contracted
asphalter, to grind that ridge right down to flush, when its crews hit town
in a few weeks to begin this season’s scheduled paving jobs.
promised Lynch that he would talk to Rieth Riley and see what he could do.
In other business,
Schnadenberg reported that this season’s trip-hazard program began last week
where it left off last year, in Duneland Cove, where a contractor is shaving
buckled sidewalks even.
Next in line for
trip-hazard remediation: Beverly Drive and Joal Drive; and the Villages of
Sand Creek. The Street Department typically spends between $12,000 and
$15,000 annually on the trip-hazard program and gets a lot of bang for the
buck, as it costs significantly less to grind a sidewalk than it does to
replace it altogether. Very badly buckled sidewalks, on the other hand, must
be removed and re-poured.
take a moment to respond to a complaint made at the council’s last
meeting--which he was unable to attend--when a resident of Hogan Ave. said
that 25 years after it received a base coat of asphalt it still hasn’t
received a top coat.
the council on Monday that the resident was simply wrong, that Hogan Ave.
did get a top coat at the time. And as rough as Hogan Ave. might seem to the
resident, there are other roads in town in much worse shape. “There are some
roads I know that haven’t been paved in 30 years,” he said.
For that reason,
Hogan Ave. is currently No. 50 on a 52-item re-paving list. “It’s unlikely
Hogan will get re-paved this year,” Schnadenberg said.
voted unanimously to waive the building permit fees for Rebuilding Together
Duneland’s Chesterton rehab projects, slated for Saturday, April 30.
unanimously as well to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to apply for a
grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reimburse the CPD up to 50
percent of the cost of purchasing new bulletproof vests.
are required by law to provide its full-time officers with warrantied body
armor, which is manufactured with an expiration date and must be regularly