The electrical has been installed on the stormwater lift station in the
alley behind Val’s Pizza, just west of 11th Street and south of Broadway.
So Stormwater Engineer Chris Nesper reported to the Stormwater Management
Board at its meeting Monday night.
Ellis Electric will perform an inspection of the work, Nesper said, then
NIPSCO will power it up.
Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said, the stormwater drain which years
ago was installed behind Val’s--connected, as it happens, to the building’s
sanitary sewer lateral--will be removed and plugged.
The alley behind Val’s is the lowest point in town and tends to flood in
heavy rains. When on line, the lift station will pump runoff to a large
stormwater line on Lincoln Ave. about 1,100 feet to the south.
Meanwhile, while the Street Department is pouring a new sidewalk in front of
the Marathon gas station on South Calumet Road, the Utility has been working
on an in-house drainage project: installing two small trench drains running
from the alley just south of the gas station beneath the newly poured
sidewalk to a storm drain on Lincoln Ave.
O’Dell did say that a four-inch fiber optic conduit did complicate the
piping somewhat but that a solution has been found.
In other business, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that the Indiana
Department of Environmental Management presented the Town of Chesterton on
May 30 with certificates of recognition in three areas:
* Its illicit discharge detection and elimination program.
* “Going above and beyond in stormwater education through the school
programs,” in particular for the watersheds and non-point source education
unit at Westchester Middle School.
* “Successful partnerships” with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District
of Porter County, the City of Valparaiso, and the Town of Porter, for the
2013 school rain barrel painting contest.
President Thomas Kopko offered Gadzala his congratulations for her
excellent, and now recognized, work.
Construction in Town
Meanwhile, Gadzala also reported that a notice of violation was issued to
Lotton Development Inc. and Phillippe Builders for construction-site
violations at Village Green Townhomes at Coffee Creek Center, related to
perimeter controls and the discharge of water off the property.
And, Gadzala said, she, O’Dell, and Acting Building Commissioner Mike Orlich
have met with a representative of Olthof Builders to discuss stormwater
issues in the Duneland Trails subdivision, related to perimeter controls and
street cleaning on eight lots under construction.
Another highly successful field day was held on May 21, as part of the
Chesterton Middle School watersheds and non-point source educational unit,
Gadzala noted. Approximately 175 students and several teachers and
volunteers participated, with representatives on hand from the Coffee Creek
Watershed Conservancy, Cardno JFNew, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Students sampled and analyzed Coffee Creek, toured a wetland as well as the
wastewater treatment plant, learned about invasive plants species, and were
taught how macro-invertebrates--water bugs--can be used to determine stream
May in Review
In May the Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $7,539 and in the
year-to-date is running a deficit of $1,822.