At its February
meeting, the Chesterton Utility Service Board made it clear that it would
never extend sanitary sewer service to developer Don Coker’s proposed
Prairie Park subdivision, just north of C.R. 1050N and west of C.R. 125W, on
an unincorporated and un-annexable 30-acre parcel in Liberty Township.
Among the reasons
for the veto: “several technical challenges,” according to President Larry
Brandt, combined with the Service Board’s consensus view that the project
itself would not be in the town’s or in the Utility’s best interests.
At the Service
Board’s meeting Monday night, Superintendent Terry Atherton said that he’s
recently been approached by Shinn, who would now like an extension
commitment from the Service Board, which he must have in hand before the
Porter County Plan Commission will greenlight his project.
The Service Board,
for its part, was perfectly willing to confirm its conceptual approval of
extending service to Redfish. But Brandt said that no commitment of any kind
will be issued until staff and Shinn have had detailed discussions about the
Fox Chase Farms,
In other business,
members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with McMahon Associates Inc. of
Valparaiso to engineer the extension of sanitary sewer services to Fox Chase
Farms and the Whispering Sands Mobile Home Community.
Under the terms of
that contract, the Utility will pay McMahon no more than $40,000 for Phase I
of the project; no more than $135,000 for Phase II, if Phase II is
necessary; no more than $20,000 for Phase III, if Phase III is necessary;
and no more than $95,000 for Phase IV, if Phase IV is necessary.
Fox Chase Farms,
located off Meridian Road in Liberty Township, is currently being served by
a failing septic mound system; Whispering Sands, by a failing package
wastewater treatment plant. The Service Board entered into a memorandum of
understanding late in April under which it would extend service to both, by
means of a “transport system” which will hook up to the new lift station
just completed south of the Indiana Toll Road as part of the Ind. 49 utility
The total cost of
the project is estimated at $2.1 million, which would be financed through a
zero-interest loan from the State Revolving Fund. There will be no actual
cost to the town, as all expenses associated with the project will be paid
by Fox Chase Farms and Whispering Sands.
April in Review
Chesterton used 50.68 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 49.67 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 73.34
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as whole, 50.89 percent
of its capacity.
There were no
sewage bypasses last month, with 2.26 inches of rain recorded at the plant.
Also in April, the
Utility ran a deficit of $314,373.08 and in the year-to-date is running a
deficit of $200,866.74.
Member Scot McCord
took a moment at the end of the meeting to wish all luck in his new
endeavors to former fire chief Mike Orlich, who retired on Friday, May 16,
after 31 years of service to the Town of Chesterton.
“He gave a lot to
this town,” McCord said.