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Traffic study for possible four-way stop at Sidewalk Road/Dickinson Road okayed

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The Chesterton Police Commission has approved a traffic study of the intersection of Sidewalk Road and Dickinson Road, to determine whether warrants exist to change the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way.

At their meeting Thursday, members voted 3-0 to okay the study, after receiving a resident’s request to make the intersection a four-way stop. According to the resident, motorists are speeding in the area and making the intersection dangerous.

Currently only motorists on the north/south Dickinson Road must stop. Those on the east/west Sidewalk Road have right of way.

Police Chief Dave Cincoski emphasized that only two factors would warrant a four-way stop at the intersection: an accident history and a high traffic count. Under the Indiana Uniform Manual of Traffic Control Devices, traffic speed would not warrant a four-way stop there.

Cincoski did say that the traffic study will have to wait until the spring, when the weather breaks.

In Gratitude

In other business, member took receipt of three letters, all expressing appreciation to the CPD.

* From Vickie Dommer, for assistance rendered her by officers.

* From Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick, for the CPD’s support of the Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 24, at which $1,000 and 1,200 items were donated to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry. Cincoski said that four officers patrolled the course in their squads, gave a few runners rides back to the starting point, and provided warming shelters.

* From Gov. Mike Pence, for the CPD’s assistance at the scene of the 40-plus vehicle pile-up on I-94 in LaPorte County on Jan. 23. “We are grateful to all those who gave of their expertise and time, whether on or off the clock, to assist at the scene of the accident for several hours,” Pence wrote.

Letter of Recognition

for Eagle Scout

Meanwhile, members voted 3-0 to urge Cincoski to pen a letter of recognition of achievement and service for Eagle Scout Designee Logan Castro, who last year completed his community service project: a beautification of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall at the intersection of Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave., by the Porter EMS ambulance barn.

Castro, who belongs to Boy Scout Troop 908, devoted 1,200 man-hours to the landscaping, rehabilitation, and beautification of the site.

CPD Reserve Applications

Cincoski reported that six applications were received for positions in the CPD Reserves, during a two-week open window earlier this winter.

Those applications are now being reviewed, he said.

Meeting Change in March

Members voted 3-0 to change the day of their March meeting from the usual second Thursday of the month to the third, in March only.

The commission accordingly will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

January in Review

In January the CPD responded to 1,224 calls (1,114 in December), filed 25 cases (27), filed eight felony charges and 21 misdemeanor (12 and 17), issued 22 citations and 65 warnings (54 and 87), served one warrant (one), and investigated 41 accidents with five injuries (39 accidents with four injuries).

Information on juvenile investigations in January was not available.

Calls for service in January included 46 alarms (43 in December), nine animal complaints (eight), three reports of battery (two), four burglaries (two), one counterfeit bill (zero), 18 disturbances (15), four domestic calls (two), four reports of fraud (two), two reports of identity theft (one), eight miscellaneous juvenile complaints (seven), two motor vehicle thefts (two), two noise complaints (two), six parking violations (four), one residence check (zero), one runaway (two), 30 suspicious circumstances (38), 15 suspicious persons (14), 30 suspicious vehicles (32), 11 thefts (16), 140 traffic stops (132), two incidents of vandalism (six), and four vehicle repossessions (one).



Posted 2/18/2014




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