County ups monthly sewer
Council makes appointments to regional transit committee
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - The County Council gave final approval Tuesday to a
monthly sewer rate of $69.71 for residents of the Hermits Lake
neighborhood southwest of Crown Point.
Commissioners met Wednesday morning and were expected
to ratify the new rate, which will go into effect immediately.
No area residents attended the council meeting to
comment on the action. Councilman Larry Blanchard (R-Crown Point) said
he had talked to the president of the homeowners association, James
Flannery, Tuesday afternoon, but Flannery had not been aware of the
Flannery did arrive at the council chambers just
before the meeting ended, but made no comment.
The new rate will pay off a $550,000 state loan,
which along with a $550,000 grant will finance upgrades to the Hermits
Lake sewer system. Area residents currently pay $49 per month for sewer
The council also gave final approval to creation of a
Sewer Department that will allow the county to receive the state
In other county business, the council on June 21
named its representatives to the controversial new Regional
Transportation Committee. A coalition of Blanchard, Tom O'Donnell
(D-Dyer), Bernadette "Bobbi" Costa (D-Hammond), and Donald
Potrebic (D-Hobart) chose Costa, Calumet College President Dennis
Rittenmeyer, and St. John Town Councilwoman Kathy Hillman to serve on
the committee, which will review and make recommendations on public
transportation in Lake County.
Other members of the committee include: Minietta
Nelson, Roslyn Mitchell and Lee Freel representing Gary; Rebecca
Gutowski and Janet Moran representing Hammond; Marina Miklusak
representing East Chicago; Paul Doherty and Stephen Kil representing
west Lake County; James Metros representing south Lake County; Robert
Crossk representing east Lake County; David Uzelac representing
Merrillville; Tom Yancy representing the County Commissioners; and a
representative of the Northwest Indiana Building Trades Council.
PDM revision receives new planned hearing
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
WINFIELD - Representing Michael Winslow, the
owner of the proposed Winfield Center that borders 109th Avenue,
Randolph Street and Kingway Drive, Peggy Stamper of Sendak, Rominger
& Stanko petitioned for a revision in its Planned Development Mixed
(PDM) property at the Town Council last Tuesday.
Because of the public outcry at the BZA meeting on
June 21 in which his petition was denied, Winslow felt that changes
needed to be made in order to ease the minds of surrounding neighbors
within the town.
"The new plan will delete the proposed storage
areas within the center, limit the multi-family zoning to four family
units per building and have the R-1 single family lots conform with the
adjacent Meadows subdivision," stated Stamper.
Unlike other ordinances dealing with development,
PDM's have no listings of use when petitioning before a town.
Town Building Administrator/ Inspector responded to
this by saying, "Even though the uses are not stated, the way the
ordinance is written it still gives the Town Council a chance to barter
for the uses of the development."
Because of this Cox added that the town needs to have
a legal commitment from the owner of the property in order for the
proper approvals to take place.
"Previously we used a letter of commitment to
suffice for a petition but with the way the ordinances are for PDM's, we
need a recorded commitment to continue."
Resident and BZA member Marvin Pinkowski voiced
disapproval saying, "I moved out here to have room and I don't
think that another subdivision should come in here and start crowding us
like they did when I was living in Hammond. That is why I voted
"no" on this proposal last Wednesday."
Clerk-Treasurer Ed Graveline added that the members
of the board can deny anything that they do not want in the town.
He stated, "The way the ordinance is, we can
negotiate the uses, sizes and setbacks of any future lots."
Town developer, who is an adjacent property owner to
Winslow's, voiced concern as to what would be used in the space of now
the eliminated storage units.
"We have nothing presently proposed to take the
space of the storage units," commented Winslow. Additionally,
Winslow added that he does not want to be the villain in this town now
that he is developing in it.
"I got land in this town. I want to work with it
and want to work with the town. From speaking to other developers, most
would not have accepted this type of zoning because it gives the town
too much control. I put myself in a "trick-bag" by doing this,
but I am still willing to go along with it."
Graveline subsequently reminded those in attendance
that over 45 percent of the town's working budget comes from the
creation of buildings.
He said, "Other towns are doing whatever they
can to get more business establishments in it. They would be ecstatic
with the situation we are in."
A Special Meeting was set on the issue for Wednesday
June 28. The purpose will be to move forward on any and all pertinent