The Town of Chesterton has failed once again to secure a grant from the Lake
Michigan Coastal Program for the next phase of the Westchester-Liberty
That bad news from Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, who reported to the Town
Council at its meeting Monday night.
“We’ll keep applying,” O’Dell said. “But we’ll have to wait again till next
O’Dell did say that he will also pursue a grant for the trail from the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
When completed, the Westchester-Liberty Trail will link Dogwood Park with
Coffee Creek Center, by way of a sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from
23rd Street to 100E and then south to Rail Road. To date only the first
phase is done: from 23rd Street to Rosehill Estates subdivision.
Complicating the project is the designated wetland north of 1100N between
the subdivision and 11th Street, a stretch which coincides with Phase II of
New in Blue
In other business, Police Chief Dave Cincoski introduced members to the
CPD’s newest officer, whose first day was Monday: Probationary Officer
Manion had been a CPD Reserve officer who sent himself to the Indiana Law
Manion is filling a slot in the roster opened by the retirement last year of
Capt. George Nelson.
By consensus, members agreed to authorize the Auxiliary of American Legion
Post 170 to hold its annual Poppy Days fundraiser May 17-18.
Oz No More
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to extend his
appreciation to the Duneland Business Initiative Group for returning the
Wizard of Oz Festival to the Town of Chesterton, if only for a few years.
“Thanks to DBIG for keeping the Oz Festival going for as long as they did,”
Ton said. “I’m sympathetic and empathetic for their reasons for retiring
Machelle Blount of DBIG told the Chesterton Tribune that interest in
the Oz Fest appears to have waned and that it would really take at least two
paid full-time positions—which DBIG can’t afford—to arrange, schedule, and
coordinate the festival.
Finally, Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, wished the Chesterton High School
boys swim team well, after its first-place finish at state over the weekend.