CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council voted Tuesday to give the county highway department permission to spend $3.2 million to replace three bridges and make other road repairs.
Highway Superintendent Marcus Malczewski said he expects contracts to begin bidding in three months to replace the Columbia Avenue bridge in Hammond, the Calhoun Street bridge in Calumet Township over the Little Calumet River, and the Morse Street Ditch north of Lowell over the McConnell Ditch.
The council agreed to Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's transferring $250,000 in his 2013 budget to repair a buried stormwater channel threatening to cause a sinkhole in downtown Schererville. Officials also approved a measure to help fund an aerial photo-mapping of Northwest Indiana to help future commercial development.
The council voted against a proposed zoning change that would have permitted Jeffrey W. Brant to build mini storage units on the west side of U.S. 41, just south of 109th Avenue between St. John and Cedar Lake.
Ned Kovachevich, the county's planning director, said the Plan Commission recommended against changing the current residential zoning because adjacent property owners didn't want the business nearby.