The Town of Chesterton’s Stormwater Utility and the Recycling and Waste
Reduction District of Porter County (RWRD) are teaming up to spread the
message of clean water.
At its meeting Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted 3-0 to
approve an agreement under which the town’s stormwater and water
conservation education outreach will be expanded throughout Porter County,
“specifically through the (RWRD’s) established education process.”
Among other things, the town will provide the RWRD with educational tools
and promotional items which the RWRD will distribute throughout the county;
when available, it will have access to the RWRD’s Pollution Town module; and
it will get column space in the RWRD’s E-newsletter.
Of particular moment, however, the town has agreed to coordinate and monitor
the RWRD’s rain-barrel painting contest in Duneland schools located in the
Town of Chesterton. That contest is being promoted by the RWRD, with the
best decorated rain barrel being announced on Earth Day, April 20, during an
Earth Day celebration at the Porter County Expo Center.
In other business, the new headquarters and manufacturing facility which
Urschel Laboratories Inc. is going to build at Coffee Center are beginning
to wind their way through the town’s permitting process, as Town Engineer
Mark O’Dell reported that he and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala met earlier
in the day with Urschel reps about the stormwater pollution prevention plan
(SWPPP) which the company must submit prior to construction.
“It was a really good kick-off meeting,” O’Dell said. He added that the
SWPPP process will probably take two to three months.
A SWPPP is necessary for any construction project over an acre. Urschel
Laboratories has said that its new facility will occupy a site of between 40
to 50 acres.
O’Dell said that it’s his understanding the company is currently expecting
to go out for bid in June.
Meanwhile, O’Dell said that piping materials for the stormwater lift station
to be built in the alley behind Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders have been
ordered, although he hasn’t yet received confirmation that the lift station
itself has been.
Work hasn’t started—the “weather is not conducive” at the moment, as O’Dell
noted—but should commence before the board’s next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The contract has been awarded to low-bidder Woodruff & Sons for a listed
price of $205,888, but O’Dell and Woodruff have tweaked the specs some and
believe that the actual cost will eventually be around $178,00.
The alley behind Val’s is the lowest point in town and tends to flood during
heavy rains. When completed, the lift station will pump runoff to a large
stormwater sewer line on Lincoln Ave., about 1,100 feet to the south.
The project is being funded with the proceeds of an $880,000 bond issued
late in 2011.
The Stormwater Utility concluded 2012 with a surplus of $65,910.
Members voted 3-0 to re-elect Member Thomas Kopko to the presidency and
Member Christine Livingston to the vice-presidency.