Utility Services Board is amenable to considering an outside user agreement
with the potential purchaser of 30 acres located in unincorporated Liberty
Township: directly south of the Brassie Golf Course, west of Pearson Road
and north of C.R. 1050N.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to authorize staff and legal to
discuss a sanitary sewer user agreement with the potential buyer’s attorney,
Greg Babcock. “The development would be driven by sanitary,” Babcock told
the Service Board. “You can’t build as many units with septic.”
Any such agreement,
Babcock noted, would include a no-remonstration clause, at such time as the
30 acres become annexable. They currently are not. And the developers would
agree to pay to build all infrastructure--sanitary, roads, and sidewalks--to
Town Standards, so that when the property does become annexable there would
be no issues about the town’s accepting it.
As Member Andy
Michel observed, it’s long been the Service Board’s policy to provide
sanitary sewer service to outside and unannexable users when it’s to
the Utility’s advantage. Thus the Utility right now provides service to Fox
Chase Farms and Whispering Sands, both located well south of the town’s
corporate limits in unincorporated Liberty Township.
Ryan hasn’t yet checked the numbers, but suggested that the Utility’s
serving the 30 acres in question would not overtax the wastewater treatment
plant’s capacity. “I’m anticipating that there’s probably no problem,” he
Schnadenberg did strike a note of caution. “I’m concerned about taking on so
many outside users,” he said at the end of the meeting. “My concern is
retaining sufficient capacity for future in-town growth. I’d hate to see us
get to the point where we have to do another plant expansion.”
In other business,
Ryan reported that the overflow of sewage into the Little Calumet
River--from 8:53 to 11:57 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, totaling 53,000 gallons--is
still being investigated.
known is that 989,400 gallons of flow were diverted into the wastewater
treatment plant’s 1.2-million storage basin that night--well short of its
capacity. “It wasn’t because of the basin,” Ryan emphasized.
appears to have been a problem with a gate or bar screen. “We don’t have a
definitive answer yet.” Ryan said. “We’re talking to outside engineers.
We’re still working through it.”
The Utility did
notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of the overflow,
Through the first
nine months of the year, Ryan told members, about 15 percent more rain has
been recorded at the wastewater treatment plant than was in the year-ago
September in Review
Chesterton used 56.06 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 48.26 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 57.64
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 54.98 percent
of its capacity.
A single overflow
event occurred last month at the plant: the 53,000 gallons on Sept. 27. A
total of 8.19 inches of rain was recorded in September at the plant, the
year’s wettest month, followed by 8.12 inches in May.
In September the
Utility ran a surplus of $365,447.29 and in the year-to-date is running a
surplus of $1,155,306.81.
Member Scot McCord
took a moment at the end of the meeting to urge all Chesterton residents to
vote in the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. “As somebody who kind of
got nailed with voter apathy”--four years ago, McCord lost his race for the
4th District Town Council seat after tying Nate Cobbs; the incumbent
Town Council then voted for Cobbs, per Indiana Code--“I think it’s crucial
for people in Chesterton to get out and vote. Not just let the 1,000 people
who do vote decide who’s elected.”
“We don’t need any
special interest groups to take over the town,” McCord added. “I don’t care
who you vote for. Just take the time to vote.”
Michel, for his
part, asked motorists to use extra care when driving through town during
trick-or-treat: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
“Give them any
leeway you can,” Michel sad. “They’re just kids.”