Swistek agrees with street lights on Pahs Road

March 25, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — It seems as if Fourth Ward Councilman Sean Fitzpatrick’s request for streetlights to be installed along Pahs Road will be fulfilled.

In an update provided to the Michigan City Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday, City Engineer Charles “Spike” Peller read recommendations from the Michigan City Police chief and captain of the traffic division, who were unable to attend.

Capt. Jeff Loniewski wrote that 41 accidents have been reported on Pahs Road over the past 10 years, including one in which a pedestrian was struck and suffered a broken leg. He recommended the approval of street lights; and he offered that if funding is an issue, lights could be installed near both driveways leading to Michigan City High School, and where Pahs intersects with Lindsay Lane, Woodland Avenue and Normandy Drive.

Chief Mark Swistek wrote to suggest a southside TIF project that includes sidewalks and dusk-to-dawn lighting along Pahs Road; and he recommended some street lights be installed until such a project could be commissioned.

Peller informed the board he will look into the matter and approach them with the possible cost of street lights at their April 1 meeting.

In other business:

n Tillotson Street between Franklin and Washington streets will be closed June 21-23 during the St. Joseph Young Men’s Society’s annual festival.

n St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish was granted permission to operate an open-air market on their lot between Franklin and Pine streets, and to close the alley that runs between the two from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays between May 4 and Oct. 5.

n St. Paul Lutheran Church and School received permission to use the “No Parking” lane on the west side of Pine Street as a drive-thru lane for their annual fish fry on April 26.

n In exchange for the insurance payout, the Michigan City Police Department will be allowed to give possession of a 2018 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV to Travelers Insurance, after the vehicle was totaled in a collision on Feb. 13.

n Vero Design & Build was granted permission to partially close the south side of W. Fourth Street and the alley behind 401 Franklin St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 1-30.

n The board approved a contract for professional engineering services with Ciorba Group Inc., not to exceed $50,000 over the course of 2019.

n Crown Castle out of Lombard, Illinois received approval for horizontal directional drilling permits at West Fourth and Huron streets and Hitchcock and Addison Streets, pending written approval from the Michigan City Sanitary District General Manager Michael Kuss.

n Bids were awarded for the demolitions of three properties: 818 W. Seventh St. – Smith & Sons Excavating, $12,000; 834 Martin Luther King Drive – Pavey Excavating, $6,800; and 116 Combs St. – Actin Contracting, $9,360.

n The board approved the sale of city property on Buffalo Street – Parcel No. 46-01-29-382-013.000-022 – for $500 to the only person to have made an offer on it.

n Both the Michigan City Police and Fire Departments received approval to conduct both physical exams and physical fitness training in April.

n A request to turn the intersection of Washington and 10th streets into a four-way stop was denied because of the safety concern of heavy summer traffic becoming backed up at the train track on 11th Street. However, the board voted to add “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs to the existing stop signs on either side of 10th Street as a safety improvement for Marquette High School students and others who drive along 10th in that area.

n Central Maintenance received permission to solicit bids to purchase a 2020 tandem axle dump truck with the trade-in of a truck the department has been using since 2000.

n A contract with The Beacher for event advertisement was approved in the amount of $2,829.