bids under review
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
CEDAR LAKE - The Town Council on Aug. 28 announced
the bids the town received from the two companies interested in
providing trash collection to the town.
The two companies vying for pick-up are Illiana
Disposal and Recycling Service of Crown Point and Meyer Waste Systems
out of Chesterton.
"The flat fee rate for residential pick-up
for Illiana will be a monthly fee of $9.95 for the first year, $9.73 the
second year and $10.03 for the third," said Town Manager Tim
Brown. "Meyer's Waste System will have a
flat rate the first of $11.45, $11.79 the second year and $12.14 the
Members of the council reminded the public that
neither of these companies have to be approved. The bids were taken
under advisement to be decided at a future Town Council meeting.
In other business, officials announced
that the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project Phase IIB is on schedule.
"We have entirely completed the line used
to hold the sewage and we now plan on sending our next proposal to IDEM
to move on to the next phase," explained Town Engineer Josh Lantz.
"We will be working on fixing the rest of the manholes and focus
some attention on the Conference Bible Grounds."
Also, the council recognized Carl Brittingham
as the newest officer of the Cedar Lake Police Department
Brittingham started duties on Sept. 1. He will also
be in charge of the town's police dive team.
student growth expected
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - An enrollment forecast presented to the
School Board last week predicts low student growth in all schools except
The report, presented by Assistant
Superintendent Rick Gadberry and Business Director Kim Fox, is intended
to aid board members in deciding what to do with the current high school
once the new high school opens in the fall of 2003.
Among the report's conclusions are that
"with the exception of Winfield Elementary, there will be slow
growth at our other five elementary buildings" and "new
student growth at Winfield Elementary will be in the 40 students per
year range over the next five years unless redistricting occurs."
Superintendent H. Steve Sprunger noted that
Winfield's enrollment this year will exceed its enrollment the last time
the school corporation redrew elementary school districts, in 1997.
Overall, state Department of Education projections show an increase in
Crown Point school enrollment from 5,460 in 2000-2001 to 5,567 in
For growth at individual elementary schools,
Gadberry and Fox talked to local government officials and real estate
agents, but, Gadberry said, "all this is very speculative in
nature. There's too many factors that can change this at any time."
The report listed several factors
administrators believe could significantly impact local population: new
students moving to Crown Point to attend the new high school; resolution
to the water and sewage problems in Cedar Lake and Winfield; general
economic conditions; development of the I-65 and Broadway corridors;
changes in the condition of industries in north Lake County; and new
subdivisions that are not planned yet, including south of the new high
school once it is complete.
To show how inexact projections can be, a 1996
enrollment projection was included in the report.
It projected an enrollment of 5,853 students
for this year, while actual enrollment will likely be around 5,500.
Among the recommendations in this year's report
are to monitor subdivision development and decide what elementary
district houses will be in before construction begins.