Sewer bid gets Lowell approval
By Kathie Godfrey
LOWELL - Although financing for the much-needed project has not been
finalized, the town council moved Monday to award contract for the
Wastewater Treatment Plant Compliance Plan to low-bidder Bowen
Engineering of Fishers for $2,474,400.
The council's action follows the last month's tabling
of the four bids received for the project that will increase the plant
capacity from 2.5 million gallons per day to 4 million gallons per day,
and hopefully release the town from a state-imposed sewer tap ban later
Mark Downey of Commonwealth Engineering expressed
surprise at the July 24 bid opening when the lowest of the four bids
received for the project came in much higher than his original $2.2
Downey said the higher-than-expected bids were the
result of higher construction costs for excavation, piping and
The town will seek additional State Revolving Fund
financing to cover the cost of construction.
In other business, Police Chief David Wilson shocked
members of the parade ordinance committee present at Monday's meeting
with a letter to the council recommending a $5 million insurance policy
to protect the town from excessive liability relating to parades and
events held in Lowell.
Joan Bukovac, wife of Lowell Labor Day Organization
Chairman Chas. "Butch" Bukovac, said none of the committee's
members had approved the $5 million insurance requirement that had been
discussed in monthly meetings held since the proposed ordinance was
introduced in mid-February.
The council again tabled action on the controversial
ordinance. Bukovac said the extreme expense would mean the end of the
Lowell Labor Day Organization.
Home on the Range
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - One of the most popular eateries at the Lake County
Fair is the Grange Cafeteria, where Dean Kistler has been organizing the
feeding of thousands of fairgoers for more than a quarter century.
On Friday, one of Kistler's fellow Grange members
paid tribute to him by presenting him a plaque recognizing his years of
Chester Lobodzinski gave Kessler the Youngstown Sheet
and Tube Old-Timers humanitarian award for his 27 years of work at the
cafeteria, located in a screened-in pole barn near gate 2.
"This guy put 27 years in down here,"
Lobodzinski said. "He takes his vacation (here), volunteers his
time and doesn't ask for any pay."
Kessler does most of the cooking at the cafeteria,
spending 15 to 16 hours a day there preparing breakfast, lunch and
"We cook a lot of good food here," he
Work begins a couple days before the fair preparing,
Kessler said. Getting all the equipment and tables set up "is like
a puzzle," he said. "We put everything back together each
Two semis bring the stoves and refrigerators, Kessler
The Grange is a cooperative organization of farmers
founded more than 130 years ago, Kessler, who is the Lowell Grange's
"We're the biggest Grange in Indiana," he
The organization has run a cafeteria at the fair for
53 years - missing only 1966, because of a tornado, Kessler said.
And he pointed out he doesn't do it alone. "
There are a lot of good people working here,"
Kessler said. From 35 to 50 people staff the cafeteria, he said.
Kessler, a Lowell resident, operates a medical laboratory business in
Lobodzinski is a retired LTV Steel employee who
founded the local chapter of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Old-Timers so
"old-timers can keep in touch."
The organization honors people who perform
significant public services.
Crown Point schools now out-of-town
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - The School Board gave preliminary approval Monday to a
policy change that will allow students who live outside Center and
Winfield townships to attend Crown Point schools.
Officially, the board gave Superintendent H. Steve
Sprunger permission to allow out-of-district students to enroll for the
upcoming school year. A vote on a permanent policy change will be held
at a future meeting.
Tuition for out-of-district students will probably be
about $1,400 to $1,500, Sprunger said. The exact amount is determined by
a state formula.
Sprunger told the board he wanted to allow
out-of-district students into Crown Point schools because he feels
"obliged to do so as long as it doesn't take away from the
education of a current student."
"We absolutely want to become the school of
choice," Sprunger said.
Board member Bart Aiello voted against giving
Sprunger temporary authority to allow out-of-district enrollments, and
argued that the board should not make a final decision on the matter
until it has heard from the public. "It's something I don't want to
do on a whim," Aiello said.
Aiello said that people who want their children to
attend Crown Point schools could move to the Crown Point district and
pay school taxes. The tuition payments, he argued, may or may not equal
a particular family's share of the cost of operating the schools.
Aiello said he wanted some sort of public
notification and time for residents to comment on the proposal before
the board approves it.
Board member Michael McCormick said the proposal is
already public, and pointed out no one had attended Monday's meeting to
comment on it.
Sprunger also pointed out the proposed policy would
be similar to ones in most other area school corporations.
Sprunger said two school corporation employees want
to enroll their children in Crown Point schools this year. School starts