Fifteen, maybe 20,
homeowners who live near the banks of Coffee Creek and Sand Creek could be
forced to pay expensive flood insurance, after the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources incorrectly included their properties on a newly revised
floodplain map, Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell says.
The Town of
Chesterton is currently appealing that map, whose preparation by the DNR was
actually funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The problem,
O’Dell says: there are no further federal moneys available to allow the DNR
to conduct an additional analysis which would show the map to be wrong.
So the Town of
Chesterton is appealing on its own, on behalf of the homeowners, who have
not yet been notified themselves of the change in status of their
properties, O’Dell said.
The other problem:
the town hasn’t the resources to appeal without the assistance of a
consultant, so at O’Dell’s recommendation the Stormwater Management Board
voted 3-0 at its meeting Monday night to retain the services of DLZ, at a
cost not to exceed $25,000.
“If we don’t
appeal, then the onus will be on residents to file their own appeal,” O’Dell
told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting. “And these people
don’t know they’re now in it.”
specifically to several homes on Gossett Mill Ave., in Morgan’s Corner at
Coffee Creek Center, which he says should not have been included in the new
floodplain map. “The map is showing floodplain where it shouldn’t be,”
Park Ave. Project
In other business,
members voted 3-0 to take under advisement two quotes for the next
stormwater bond project: the installation of four inlets and an eight-inch
pipe to remediate a long-standing drainage problem in the area of Park Ave.
and 10th Street.
That pipe will be
connected, via an easement, to a stormwater sewer line on South Park Ave.
The bids: $108,198
by Woodruff & Sons; and $115,809 by R.V. Sutton. Inc.
told the board that the Stormwater Utility needs to purchase a portable
generator, for the purpose of operating the Val’s and 11th Street lift
stations during heavy rain events accompanied by power outages.
The Val’s lift
station--serving the alley behind Val’s Famous Pizza at Broadway and 11th
Street, the lowest point in town--has been on line and operational for some
time. The 11th Street station--serving an alley in the area of 11th Street
and West Porter Ave.--is also operational but NIPSCO has not yet extended
electrical service to it.
In the past the
Stormwater Utility has used one of the Sanitary Utility’s three portable
generators. But as O’Dell noted, during a power outage the Sanitary Utility
has its own problems with lift stations and its portable generators “are
usually all scarce.”
Fishing at Coffee
Kopko did have one question for MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, who at the
first annual MEWE Fest on Saturday, July 21, at Coffee Creek Watershed
Preserve undertook to teach kids how to fish and the importance of keeping
the water clean for the fish.
“Did you catch a
lot of fish?” Kopko wanted to know?
“We did,” Gadzala
said. “One girl caught five fish.”
June in Review
In June the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $31,356 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $108,743.