CHESTERTON | Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said snow removal from Chesterton streets sometimes damaged mailboxes and, while the town is not liable, it will consider reimbursing homeowners in the name of public relations.
He spoke Monday during the Chesterton Town Council meeting.
Town Attorney Charles Lukmann prepared a document for damage claims and the council unanimously approved the policy.
Schnadenberg also addressed potholes and he said his crews are working to repair them.
He encouraged residents to report any potholes to the street department and thanked his team for its extra efforts in handling the recent storm.
Council member Jim Ton reported that, despite excellent snow removal from the streets and alleyways in Morgan Park, trash removal didn’t occur. Schnadenberg said routes were altered because of the weather, and trash removal will occur this week.
“We’ve had several calls on it with people wanting reimbursement," Schnadenberg said. "I’ve explained it’s a rare occasion — about once every three or four years — and all of their trash will be picked up, including any extra bags outside of the cans.”
“It didn’t happen because you didn’t plow the alley," Ton said. "You did your job. But it’s good they are trying to make it up.”
Schnadenberg said new directional signs on Ind. 49 have been installed thanks to the help of Indiana Department of Transportation and Ton, who in turned thanked his colleagues at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
Nick Walding thanked the employees and said investing in the town’s equipment had paid off.
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell gave an update on grant applications for pedestrian bike paths and lighting at crosswalks.
The council appointed Paul Tharp to the Tax Abatement committee and in closing comments, council members welcomed and thanked new Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela for stepping into her role.