CHESTERTON | The town has been awarded $405,834 from NIRPC’s Transportation Alternatives Program after months of negotiation and study, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said.
The funds will be used for the Westchester-Liberty Trail, which will connect the last remaining portion of the pedestrian-bike trail along the north side of County Road 1100 North from 11th Street to the sidewalk near Dogwood Park, O’Dell said. The project also will expand the sidewalk to Fifth Street into a trail.
The project was ranked No. 1 on the Northwestern Indiana Region Planning Commission's list of proposals from Porter and Lake counties. The money will fund engineering, construction and materials for the trail extension.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend the third addition to the Coffee Creek Center planned unit development to allow Urschel Laboratories to begin construction.
The council also agreed to use county economic development income tax money to help fund this summer's lakefront fireworks.
Heather Ennis, executive director of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, said the event is set for July 2 at Indiana Dunes State Park. The annual event draws about 13,000 people and support from multiple municipalities.
Chesterton council member James Ton asked to take Ennis' request for funding under advisement to consider options, but Ennis said she needs to sign a contract with the pyrotechnics company this week.
Council member Nick Walding asked if other municipalities had come in at the same amounts as last year. Ennis said they had, so he made the motion for the town to fund the event at the same level as last year from CEDIT funds.
The motion was approved without negation.