Police Commission is recommending the creation of a temporary on-street
handicapped parking space in front of the rental property at 324 Eighth
At their meeting
Wednesday, commission members Brandon Kroft and Alex Rodriguez voted 2-0 to
forward the matter to the Town Council with their endorsement. The
commission currently has one seat open, with the recent resignation of Craig
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski brought the request before the commission and said that the
resident of the rental property has fulfilled all the requirements for the
creation of the handicapped space.
Should the Town
Council approve the space, it would be striped, marked, and maintained by
the Street Department. The resident does understand, Cincoski noted,
that it’s a public handicapped parking space and may be used by
any certified handicapped motorist.
At such time as the
resident vacates the rental property, Cincoski added, the handicapped
parking space would revert to a non-handicapped space.
In other business,
Cincoski reported that the formal merger of the CPD’s and the Porter PD’s
dispatch operations is tentatively scheduled for May 24-26.
Under that merger,
all dispatching functions will be moved to the Porter Police station, where
each PD will provide one dispatcher per shift per day. Should the midnight
shift warrant only one dispatcher, that one will be provided by the PPD.
Dispatchers are currently being trained on the Tiburon software system and
Frontier is doing a lot of work moving telephone lines and such.
Also under that
merger, both PDs’ Detective Bureaus will begin operating out of the old
Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 726 Broadway.
Members voted 2-0
to reimburse Officer Aaron Miersma the cost of one college course per
semester, as he pursues a master’s degree in public administration.
Under Town Code, an
employee is entitled to such reimbursement--to one course only per
semester--under the following conditions:
* The employee must
maintain at least a C average.
* Funding must
actually be available for reimbursement.
The commission took
receipt of the Above and Beyond Award, presented to the CPD by the U.S.
Department of Defense, in recognition of the accommodations made by the
department to Officer Miersma, who is a serving member of the Army National
Members voted 2-0
to promote Darla Evans from part-time Communication Clerk II to
Communication Clerk I.
The commission took
receipt of three notes expressing gratitude to the CPD:
* From Chesterton
High School Athletic Director Gary Nallenweg, for officers’ escort of the
state champion swim team on March 1.
* From CHS,
Chesterton Middle School, and Westchester Intermediate School, for officers’
daily visits to those schools and interaction with students and staff.
* From Beatrice
Owen, director of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, for assistance
provided during the PCSAC’s relocation from the County Administration
Building to new digs on Morgan Blvd. in Valparaiso.
March in Review
In March the CPD
responded to 1,476 calls (1,214 in February), filed 29 cases (17), filed 13
felony charges and 38 misdemeanor (12 and 27), issued 78 citations and 175
warnings (57 and 84), served nine warrants (one), and investigated 34
accidents with five injuries (38 accidents with six injuries).
Also in March, the
CPD assigned two juvenile cases and closed one of them (assigned eight in
February and closed four of them).
Calls for service
in March included 42 alarms (40 in February), six animal complaints (16),
two reports of battery (two), one burglary (zero), 14 disturbances (16), two
domestic calls (zero), one fireworks complaint (zero), 11 reports of fraud
(three), 12 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (eight), four noise complaints
(three), seven parking violations (six), one peddler complaint (one), two
residence checks (zero), one report of shoplifting (zero), 40 suspicious
circumstances (33), 25 suspicious persons (19), 21 suspicious vehicles (26),
13 thefts (11), 307 traffic stops (150), four incidents of vandalism (zero),
and two vehicle repossessions (two).