ordinance, persons in the Town of Chesterton are permitted to operate golf
carts on public roadways, if they are at least 16 and possess a valid
State of Indiana driver’s license.
But that minimum
standard is going to change on Jan. 1, Police Chief Dave Cincoski announced
at the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday evening, and Town Code will need
to be amended.
Effective on New
Year’s Day, following legislation in the General Assembly, 16-year-olds need
only be in possession of a valid Indiana identification card in order to be
permitted to operate golf carts. And Town Code needs to be changed to
reflect the new law.
All of which seems
very strange to Member Mike Orlich. Why would the General Assembly actually
lower the minimum standard and make the golf-cart law more permissive? he
asked Cincoski. “It strikes me as a little funny,” he said.
Orlich that he would endeavor to get an answer to that question.
In other business,
Cincoski reported that the deadline for accepting applications for a lateral
transfer hire is 4 p.m. today. To date, he said, the CPD has received around
half a dozen applications from experienced police officers, under an
emergency hire initiative approved earlier this fall.
Cincoski is looking
to offer a lateral transfer position to a sworn officer from another
department who has at least three years of experience and who has already
graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Upon successfully
completing a six-month probationary period, that officer would immediately
be promoted to 1st Class officer and receive the salary and benefits that go
voted unanimously to authorize Cincoski to approach the Town Council with
his annual fleet purchase request.
Next year Cincoski
is looking to purchase three new vehicles, as always with moneys from
Cumulative Capital Development, a fund with a dedicated property-tax rate
used exclusively for the acquisition of emergency vehicles.
The commission also
took receipt of a thank-you note from 1st Source Bank, expressing staff’s
appreciation everything the CPD does for the community.