A South Fifth
Street resident has asked the Town of Chesterton to clean a dry well
installed near his driveway 13 years ago.
At the Stormwater
Management Board’s meeting Tuesday night, Jeff Wozniak, who resides in the
900 block of South Fifth Street, reported that the dry well “isn’t working
at all.” Wozniak added that he notified the Street Department last summer
about the problem but nothing yet has been done.
John Schnadenberg agreed with Wozniak that “dry wells from time to time do
need to be cleaned out” but for his part reminded Wozniak that the Street
Department gets whipsawed a lot over the course of the year and has “many
“It did work when
we installed it, right?” Schnadenberg said.
“It did work,”
Wozniak replied, but it’s been draining at less than peak efficiency over
the last five years.
The town originally
installed the dry well to drain the bottom of Wozniak’s driveway, which when
first installed years ago was some four inches higher than the road surface
of South Fifth Street. But repeated re-surfacings have increased the height
of the street until now it towers over his driveway and precludes runoff
NIRPC MS4 Contract
In other business,
members voted 3-0 to endorse the “Northwest Indiana Clean Water 2014
Memorandum of Understanding” with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning
contract price--NIRPC will provide a regional media and advertising program
aimed at educating residents about the MS4, or Municipal Separate Storm
Water System program. NIRPC will also hold three annual training workshops,
host a regional program website, and maintain and store program materials.
The purpose of the
MS4 program--mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
enforced in the state by the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management--is to monitor and regulate every aspect of stormwater runoff in
a community, including the amount of sand or salt used on icy streets, to
the quantity of debris swept from those streets, to the identification and
elimination of illicit drains, to the control of sediment at construction
sites, to the installation of detention ponds in new deve