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Utility board okays sewer service for 64-unit subdivision behind Post Office

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The Chesterton Utility Service Board has approved a wastewater treatment allocation for a new residential planned unit development to be built on the heavily wooded property immediately behind the Chesterton Post Office.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to approve the allocation, after Superintendent Dave Ryan confirmed that the plant has sufficient capacity to treat the 64 units, under development by John Nekus.

Nekus’ attorney, Greg Babcock, told the Service Board that 62 of the units would be paired patio homes, along the lines of those on Texas Street, with two single-family units thrown in for good measure. The main entrance to the 11-acre development would be off South Calumet Road, immediately north of the Post Office, with a secondary entrance off Richter Street. The development would essentially back onto the Westchester South subdivision, to the west.

Ryan, for his part, said that the development would be served by the Barrington Bridge lift station, and that planned upgrades to that lift station would take the 64 new units into account. There is, however, currently one hiccup: the Utility has so far been unable to locate the six-inch force main which runs to the lift station.

“We’re waiting for a couple of locating services to get back to us,” Ryan noted, and the possibility has been discussed of using ground-penetrating radar.

The force main isn’t actually that old either: it was built in 1978.

New Camera Truck

In other business, Ryan told the Service Board that a new camera truck has been ordered from Eco Infrastructure Solutions of Whitestown, Ind., at a cost of $190,943.60.

That truck may not, however, be delivered for some time, Ryan added. “It may or may not get here by year’s end,” he said. “Twelve to 16 weeks.”

In the event of an emergency, President Larry Brandt wanted to know, would the collections crew be able to use the old camera truck, mechanical problems and all?

Ryan replied that the crew would be able to make do with it, but only in an emergency. In any case, he said, the entire collections system has been televised within the last several years and was on the second go-around when the old truck began developing problems, so--knock on wood--there shouldn’t be any immediate untoward surprises.

September in Review

In September, Chesterton used 44.25 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 48.81 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 47.78 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 44.50 percent of its capacity.

There were no bypasses of wastewater into the Little Calumet River last month, which was the third driest of the year, with 2.48 inches of rain recorded (1.30 in March, 1.06 in January).

The Utility ran a surplus of $310,745.12 in September and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $603,244.80.

McCord on Voting

Member Scot McCord took a moment at the end of the meeting to urge Dunelanders to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“Get out and vote,” McCord said. “Our community has a tendency to complain about issues but not vote. You’ve got to vote.”



Posted 10/16/2018




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