Boundary Road during the morning rush hour and you’ll be lucky not to find
yourself fouled in a clot of traffic, as motorists in both the eastbound and
westbound lanes stack like lemmings waiting to turn onto Plaza Drive West,
then into Dunkin Donuts.
The thing is, the
Dunkin Donuts drive-through has room for only 10 or 12 vehicles, so folks
seem oddly content to sit and dawdle in their cars on Plaza Drive West, and
even more oddly to sit and dawdle on Indian Boundary Road.
Police Chief Dave Cincoski noted at last week’s meeting of the Police
Commission--where Member Mike Orlich broached the Dunkin Donuts problem--the
congestion seems recently to have eased somewhat, now that school is out, as
much of the traffic is generated by teachers and CHS students. But that
relief is only temporary, pending the resumption of classes in August.
Have the department
heads discussed the situation? Orlich wondered.
They have, Town
Council Member and CPD liaison Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, said. “It’s been an
ongoing problem and there are no easy solutions. The traffic that facility
was designed for far exceeds its capacity.”
solutions have been kicked around, DeLaney added, but neither is ideal. The
first--making Plaza Drive West a right-out only onto westbound Indian
Boundary Road--would only solve part of the problem. The other--making the
whole of Plaza Drive one-way, from the traffic signal at Plaza Drive East in
the direction of Plaza Drive West--would simply kick the problem down the
“The onus is all on
the drivers sitting there stacked up with no regard for traffic,” DeLaney
There is, on the
other hand, something drivers could do, which is to abandon their
vehicles and become pedestrians, parking, say, in the Subway lot and then
walking to Dunkin Donuts. And possibly getting faster service.
Orlich that the department heads would re-double their efforts and try to
find some sort of fix.
In other business,
Cincoski announced that the promotion process has been concluded and asked
members to approve the following promotions:
Christian to Sergeant contingent on his being released from medical for
unrestricted duty and his successful completion of a field training
refresher course, expected to take a few weeks.
Brown to Corporal (effective June 23). Members agreed to keep Brown assigned
to the Investigations Division, where Cincoski said he’s proved to be “an
excellent detective, a real go-getter.” Member Pete Duda concurred. Brown is
“sharp as a tack,” he said.
Miersma to Corporal (effective July 7).
Ritz to Corporal (effective July 21).
the promotions by unanimous vote.
voted unanimously to approve a request by Chesterton Police Reserve Officer
Steve DeLaney to be formally sponsored by the CPD at the Northwest Indiana
Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA).
DeLaney will be a
tuition student, which is to say that he will himself pay all costs
associated with attending NILEA. Anyone may enroll at NILEA and be
personally responsible for those costs, but only after being sponsored by a
law enforcement agency, Cincoski said.
DeLaney has served
with the CPD Reserves for three years, Cincoski noted. “He is very active
and wants to be a police officer and he believes this will further his
opportunity to go into law enforcement.”
that he has submitted an application for a U.S. Department of Justice
bulletproof vest grant, in the amount of $4,131, which would defray half the
cost of purchasing nine new vests.
Under Indiana Code,
all sworn members of a law enforcement agency must be provided a bulletproof
vest. A vest’s warranty, however, expires after five years’ use, requiring
it to be replaced.
Cincoski expects to
be notified of DOJ’s decision sometime in the fall.
St. Patrick Church
members approved a parade permit application filed by St. Patrick Church,
for a walk of approximately 100 people on Sunday, June 28, from the church
at 638 N. Calumet Road to a new community center at 402 N. Calumet Road,
There will be no
animals or vehicles involved.
Members also took
delivery of several thank-you notes:
--From Deb and Mike
in Chesterton: “On May 11, our dogs accidentally got out of our backyard. I
was at work and my husband was out looking for the dogs. I appreciate your
help in getting our dogs returned safely. We didn’t catch names while we
were panicking, but wanted to thank the dispatcher and the female officer
for their help.”
--From the Duneland
Schools elementary school counselors: “Thank you for being part of
Duneland’s first Elementary Career Fair. We appreciate your time and effort.
The students really enjoyed the experience!”
Salvation Army of Porter County: “We appreciate all you do!”
--From the Girls on
the Run of Northwest Indiana: “Your support made the Spring 5Ks
unforgettable: 89 teams, 350 coaches, 1,400 girls, over 150 5K volunteers,
3,000 total 5K participants.”
At the request of
the Park Department, the CPD will close Broadway from South Calumet Road to
Third Street from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on the following dates for the monthly
Chesterton Cruise Night event: Saturday, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, and
Commission will meet in executive session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, to
discuss a possible future opening and promotion.
May in Review
In May the CPD
responded to 609 calls (543 in April), filed 59 cases (52), issued 43
citations and 56 warnings (42 and 20), and investigated 34 accidents with 10
injuries (33 accidents with seven injuries).
Calls for service
in May included 88 suspicious vehicles or persons (64 in April), six thefts
(five), seven incidents of vandalism (two), one overdose (one), 31 alarms
(43), two animal complaints (four), 139 traffic stops (151), 14 well-being
checks (nine), one missing person (one), seven reports of battery (zero), 25
disturbances (20), two reports of counterfeit bills (two), two reports of
fraud (four), one motor vehicle theft (none), two sex offenses (three), and
one vehicle repossession (none).