Utility Service Board has approved a sewer user agreement with the owner of
30 acres in unincorporated Liberty Township, located immediately south of
the Brassie Golf Course, west of Pearson Road and north of C.R. 1050N.
The Service Board
voted unanimously to approve that agreement at its meeting Monday night.
Under the terms of
the agreement, the owner of the property, Janice Coker, will build a
sanitary sewer system to Town Standards, capable of serving 44 single-family
homes and 16 duplexes, which will be connected to a Chesterton lift station
serving the Dogwood Estates subdivision.
Coker will be
responsible for all costs associated with the sewer line, including
construction, easement acquisition, professional and inspection fees, and
ongoing maintenance and repair. And though the property is not currently
annexable, at such time as it may be, Coker waives the right to remonstrate,
as do any successor owners.
The Utility, in
turn, will charge Coker a tap-on fee for each living unit built in the
Brandt did have one query, noting that the agreement refers to the Coker
system as “private,” as distinct from the Utility’s “public system.” Does
that mean that Coker will be able to connect other properties--specifically
those along the east side of Pearson Road--to the system?
No, Associate Town
Attorney Chuck Parkinson said. “We’ve always determined who can and can’t
connect to the town’s system.” Parkinson did, however, suggest adding
language to the agreement to the effect that the Utility may one day, at its
sole discretion, elect to assume responsibility for it and make it “public,”
at which time it could offer sanitary sewer service to other property
“As long as we
would be able to add customers in the future,” Brandt said.
Re: Ind. 49 Utility
In other business,
the Service Board unanimously approved an agreement with the Redevelopment
Commission, under which an “additional connection fee” will be imposed on
developers who build in what are commonly referred to as the Rossman and
Pope properties south of the Indiana Toll Road: respectively, the 62-acre
parcel located east of Ind. 49 and the 80-acre parcel located west of it.
are served by a sanitary sewer system constructed some seven years ago, as
part of the Ind. 49 Utility Corridor project, intended to open development
on the far side of the Toll Road. The cost of that
project--$1.757,675.28--was paid with tax increment financing moneys under
the administration of the Redevelopment Commission, and the agreement
approved on Monday stipulates that revenues captured from the “additional
connection fee” will be made over to the Redevelopment Commission to recoup
The agreement will
now go to the Redevelopment Commission for its approval.
Service Board voted unanimously to issue an allocation letter to John Nekus,
the developer of a proposed “retirement village” on the property located
behind the Chesterton Post Office and immediately east of Westchester South
and south of Richter Street.
The Service Board
previously approved an allocation letter for Nekus’ planned unit
development, which was rejected by the Town Council earlier this year. The
retirement village would have fewer units than the PUD, and Superintendent
Dave Ryan told members that the wastewater treatment plant has adequate
capacity to treat its wastewater.
Ryan reported that
he’s currently soliciting quotes for the repair of breached sewer lines
which have caused three sinkholes in two alleys: two in the alley between
Fifth and Sixth streets south of Broadway; and one in an alley behind
The breaches are in
the Y connection--where the private service laterals run in the lines--and
Ryan expects the repairs to cost around $30,000.
Ryan took a moment
to thank his staff at the wastewater treatment plant for their excellent
work during the rains of October. Nearly four inches alone fell during the
final days of the month, and treating the flow required “extra hours by our
“Kudos to our team
for their dedication,” Ryan said.
October in Review
Chesterton used 60.40 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 57.14 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 62.02
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 59.83 percent
of its capacity.
There were no sewer
overflows in October, which saw a total of 6.53 inches of rain.
Also last month,
the Utility ran a deficit of $230,096.33 and in the year to date is running
a surplus of $921,002.62.
McCord on Voting
Member Scot McCord
took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his disappointment in the
voter turnout during the municipal election on Nov. 5.
Last month McCord
urged Chesterton residents to vote, didn’t matter for whom, just to vote.
But turnout was low.
About those who
stayed home, McCord said this: “As soon as something happens to them,
they’re the first ones to complain. I’m not disappointed in the result, just
the number of people who voted.”