Duplex near Beaver Dam Ditch deferred by Lake County board
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org June 25, 2013 11:36AM
The Lake County Drainage Board has been asked to allow construction of a duplex within the Beaver Dam Ditch drainage easement in the area indicated in red on the east side of the ditch. | Image provided
Updated: August 26, 2013 2:10AM
CROWN POINT — The Lake County Drainage Board, which consists of the county commissioners, heard a request from Sergio and Sharyl Guiterrez for permission to build a duplex within the 75-foot drainage easement for the main branch of Beaver Dam Ditch.
They want the county to approve the building being only 25 feet from the top of the bank. Beaver Dam Ditch is responsible for transporting the majority of storm water from the city of Crown Point and parts of Merrillville. The main line has many tributaries in Crown Point.
Beaver Dam Ditch is the regulated drain that takes stormwater north and eventually connects to other streams that bring the water to Lake Michigan.
Originally the owners, through their representative Radtke Engineering and Surveying, had asked for two reductions in the drainage easement setback, one for the duplex on the east side as well as one on west side of the waterway for a single family house.
This particular duplex would be sitting north of the three existing duplexes on Madison Street that are directly across from the Gary Sportsman’s Club and south of 101st Avenue. This is where the Beaver Dam Ditch carries stormwater from the north to the south crossing 101st Avenue to eventually turn north closer to Interstate 65.
Van Til told the board that the original request of a single family house on one side and the duplex on the other just was not acceptable.
“The west side is no longer part of the request,” he said. “We never want to reduce on both sides.”
He pointed out on an overhead view that the outbuildings on the existing duplex property just to the south of this parcel never had permission to build within the 75 foot easement. The outbuildings are just about on the ridge line of the ditch.
“If we have to clean that way, we can just take them down,” added VanTil.
The city of Crown Point, according to the former Director of Building and Planning Curt Graves, does not allow any structure including landscape timbers for a garden within a drainage easement. There is no building permit required for smaller sheds.
Commissioner Gerry Scheub said, “They are just trying to jam another lot in an area that should not be allowed to do so.”
Van Til then told him, “If you feel like that then you just deny.”
Scheub made a motion to defer for 30 days.
This is the Main Beaver Dam Ditch that will be going through the city’s planned storm drainage pond that will be at the corner of 101st Avenue and Broadway, just two blocks from this site.
It is possible that this segment of the ditch may have to be widened after the Army Corps of Engineers takes a look at the proposed changes to prevent storm water from going into people’s homes north of this area.