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Chesterton Stormwater Utility issues refund after double billing

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Turns out, for years the Chesterton Stormwater Utility has been double-billing a rental property in the 400 block of East Porter Ave., sending a notice for the monthly stormwater fee to both the landlord and the tenant.

And for years both the landlord and the tenant have been dutifully paying the fee--overpaying, that is, to the tune of $633.36.

At its meeting Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously to refund about two-thirds of that sum--$448.90--going back six years, as far back as state law will allow.

It’s unclear how the Stormwater Utility came to double-bill the property, but Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that the mistake was discovered by the landlord and tenant, who one day compared notes to find that they were both on the hook for the fee. The tenant then called the Stormwater Utility to get the problem fixed and request a refund.

Dollar General

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell report that the Stormwater Utility is currently reviewing a proposed plan for a Dollar General store on a portion of the old Lipinski Automotive property at 1300 Broadway.

O’Dell noted that no formal submission has been received by developers. The Advisory Plan Commission, however, did hold a concept review on the proposed project at its June meeting, at which Michael Young of the engineering firm Falk PLI said that the property in question, about an acre and a half in size, would be subdivided and one of the parcels sold to Dollar General, while Tom Lipinski would retain ownership of the other.

Construction of a Dollar General at that location would require a planned unit development ordinance permitting a B-2 use--the Dollar General--in an I-1 zone.

June in Review

In June the Stormwater Utility ran a a surplus of $16,144 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $83,375.

 

Posted 7/16/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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