With the November municipal election two weeks away, Chesterton Town Council
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, wants everyone to be clear on the local code
governing political signage.
“It’s that time of the year when political activity increases,” Ton noted at
the end of Monday’s meeting.
Building Commissioner Dave Novak, taking up the ball, reminded residents
that political signs are permitted in private yards—not on public
rights-of-way—for a period of 30 days before an election.
Political signs six square feet or less in gross surface area do not require
a permit. Those exceeding six square feet do require a permit, obtainable
for a fee of $10. No political sign may exceed a gross surface area of 32
And the person responsible for the erection or distribution of the sign is
also responsible for its removal within 10 days after the election.
For information on other temporary signs, Novak referred folks to the Zoning
Ordinance posted on line at www.chestertonin.org
In other business, Laura Madigan, one of the organizers of the Occupy
Chesterton movement, queried the council on the necessity of obtaining a
permit for its regular Saturday gatherings at Thomas Centennial Park.
The council referred her to Police Chief Dave Cincoski, who said that he did
need to speak with Madigan to clarify a few issues.
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that Engine 512 was once again
out of service, this time with “power issues.”
It’s being repaired in Crown Point and with a bit of luck should be returned
to service by the end of the week, Orlich said.
Clerk-Treasurer Gayle Polakowski reminded members of a special meeting at 7
p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, for the purpose of formally adopting the 2012 budget.
From the floor, Pat Carlisle expressed her gratitude to Park Superintendent
Bruce Mathias for “the fantastic job in assisting the Chesterton/Porter
Rotary Club” with the Dan Keilman Born Learning Trail at Dogwood Park.
The Born Learning Trail—part of the United Way’s Success by 6
program—consists of 10 stations with different activities designed to
promote caregivers’ interaction with children to boost language and literacy
development in an outdoor setting. At each station, kids are encouraged to
interact with their environment and with their companions and become
physically and mentally active.
DeLaney, R-5th, opened the meeting by welcoming the members of Boy Scout
Troop 908, who were working on their Communication and Citizens in the
Community merit badges.