CHESTERTON | The 20-year-old telephone system at Chesterton Town Hall crashed Monday and is now inoperable, Police Chief Dave Cincoski said at Monday's Town Council meeting.
A representative from communications company Frontier quoted a price of about $20,000 to replace the system. That price could go up by $8,000 as promotions expire.
The goal, the representative said, was to have the system up and running by Friday.
The town had budgeted $15,000 from county economic district income tax funds for such a purchase. After some discussion, the council unanimously approved the purchase.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said the rough railroad crossing on Eighth Street will soon be smoothed out.
He spoke with representatives from Norfolk-Southern who said they will begin repairing the crossing the third week of April. The repairs will result in a number of staggered closures.
Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann opened the town’s asphalt bids for seasonal work, and the council took the bids under advisement.
Council President Emerson DeLaney said a proposed sidewalk between Rosehill Estates and 11th Street on the north side of County Road 1100 North has been in the works but the town previously has been turned down for a grant.
He said that some work may be done in-house. Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said he may have to begin with a survey of the land. Council member Sharon Darnell asked for a quote on a survey.
O’Dell also said the architectural plan for the restroom at Centennial Park is 90 percent done and nearly ready to be submitted to the state.