Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously at its meeting Monday night to
authorize Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg and Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell to proceed with plans to install angled parking spaces along two
blocks of West Indiana Ave.
spaces will replace parallel ones on the north side of West Indiana Ave.
between South Calumet Road and Second Street; and between Third Street and
Schnadenberg hopes to complete this year--will include the milling and
re-paving of West Indiana Ave. all the way from South Calumet Road to Fifth
Expected cost of
the project: $68,000 in tax increment financing moneys, although the re-pave
between Fourth and Fifth streets will be defrayed with proceeds of the
$1.8-million general obligation bond issued last year for roadwork and
West Indiana Ave.,
which is currently a two-lane one-way (westbound) road, will be reduced to
one lane only, the southern one, with the northern lane converted into
angled parking between South Calumet Road and Second Street; and between
Third Street and Fourth Street. The parallel parking currently in place in
front of the Thomas Branch of the Westchester Public Library, between Second
Street and Third Street, will remain in place, for the convenience of
As part of the
project, the curb at the northwest corner of the intersection--by the
Baugher Center--will be extended south, to direct motorists who are turning
right onto West Indiana Ave. from southbound South Calumet Road into the new
single westbound lane, as well as to prevent motorists from inadvertently
driving into the new angled parking spaces.
project is altogether separate from the widening of the sidewalk on the
south side of Broadway between Second and Third Street--as part of which the
current angled parking there will be replaced with parallel, for a loss of
approximately six spaces--there will be a net gain of roughly 13
additional parking spaces in the Downtown with the conversion of parallel to
angled parking on West Indiana Ave.
that, back in the day, when St. Patrick Church was sited in what is now the
Thomas Branch’s overflow parking lot, there previously was angled parking
along West Indiana Ave.
Commission Member John Marshall remarked that “it would be nice” to have the
angled conversion of West Indiana Ave. done this year, “so that it will be
ready to go when the European Market opens next May.”
Later in the
evening, at the Town Council’s meeting, Schnadenberg reported that the town
is currently applying for a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure
grant to re-pave two roadways: 1100N from 100E to South Fifth Street; and
Broadway from Eighth Street to 19th Street.
He noted, however,
that the state is now awarding Community Crossings grants in two phases--in
the summer and in the winter--and that he plans to submit another grant
application for other work early in 2020.
Members voted 3-0
to sign an undertaking stating that the town agrees to provide its share of
the 50/50 match.
In other business,
Schnadenberg made members aware, as they approach 2020 budget discussions,
that he is interested in replacing the Street Department’s bucket truck. The
current model, acquired some years ago used, is 16 years old and has broken
down four times this year, with repairs costing $8,000. On the other hand,
he said, the Street Department annually saves two to three times that amount
by being able to remove hazard trees in-house, without having to contract
with a tree removal service.
that he’s interested in purchasing another used bucket truck.
MOA with County
recommendation, members vote unanimously to approve a memorandum of
understanding with the Porter County Highway Department, under which the
Highway Department will use its equipment to chip-and-seal the town’s
stretches of 950N and Saemann Road with materials purchased by the Street
The town’s share of
the two chip-and-seal projects: $38,000, which Schnadenberg said is what it
would cost the Street Department to have re-paved only one of those roads.
“We are part of the
county and we need to work with them,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “I think
this shows great initiative.”
Schnadenberg reported that he recently completed a six-month review of home
occupancy in the town, with a view to getting a contractually entitled
credit from Republic Services--doing business as Able Disposal--for those
vacant homes where no garbage is currently being collected.
“We’ve got 4,800
homes in Chesterton,” Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune after
the meeting. “But not all those homes are receiving garbage collection
because not all of them are occupied.”
As part of the
regular six-month review, unoccupied homes will be partially offset by newly
built or newly occupied ones. Schnadenberg said that the regular credit
amounts to a “substantial savings” on a biannual basis.