CHESTERTON | The Town of Chesterton has been considering a restroom for Thomas Centennial Park downtown for a number of years and during Monday night’s council meeting they heard details from a local architect who has been designing the project.
For use during the town’s busy European Market, many downtown events, and throughout the year, the proposed restroom facility would feature a radiant heating system in the floor to keep it open even during winter holiday celebrations, said Dave Kinel, project architect.
Kinel presented renderings and color-scheme options to the council and said the building will be located in the back of the gazebo and to the west with the front facing Broadway.
He said the building would include the same anti-graffiti coating, that the city of Chicago uses, both inside and outside of the structure.
The ADA-compliant building would have nine-foot ceilings, exterior security lighting, motion-sensor interior lights, fail-safe locks, aluminized-steel exterior, three stalls for women, one stall and two urinals for men and storage. It will be “one for the ages,” Kinel said, noting that it will be designed to be durable.
“Wherever we can, we’ve tried to make it as user-friendly, vandal-resistant, and maintenance-free as possible,” Kinel said.
He provided council members with a cost estimate of $226,200, although it will need to go to bid after plans have completed the state permit process.
“It will probably take about three months of construction,” he said.
In other matters, Fire Chief Mike Orlich offered clarification on the upcoming ALS ambulance implementation, which is still on track for June 1st.
He said the new service, provided by Superior Ambulance and operating from the town’s fire station, will not provide transfer service, to and from dialysis for example, noting the new service is strictly 911 related.
He also said fees will be comparable to the current ambulance service.
Orlich said some may misunderstand why the town did this.
“We are doing this to increase the level service we provide to the community, but it is in no way because we are unhappy with the level of service we have received from other ambulance services,” Orlich said.
The council also agreed to spend $25,000 from riverboat funds to conduct an engineering study on sidewalk construction from Chesterton High School to the bike path in Dogwood Park down 1100 North.
James Ton, council member and member of NIRPC’s executive board, reported that NIRPC will meet on May 23 to decide where NIRPC’s headquarters will be located.
Ton said, “It may not be in Portage. We don’t know where it will be headquartered. I’ve been very happy with Portage’s hospitality and I would hope it would stay in the middle of the three counties, here in Porter County, but we don’t know what the best deal is.”