With two brush fires fought and doused over the weekend in Duneland—one at
the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve requiring 1,000 gallons of water to put
out—Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich is reminding folks that, under state
law, the open-burning of yard waste or rubbish is illegal in Porter County.
Violators are subject to fine, Orlich said at Monday’s meeting of the Town
Recreational fires for cooking or ceremonial proceedings are allowed, so
long as the fire is not being used to consume waste and has not become a
Orlich observed that a person can easily lose control of an open
burn—especially under windy conditions—and that life and property are both
threatened by brush fires.
In other business, members voted 4-0 to take under advisement this season’s
asphalt bids. Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in attendance.
There were two of them:
•Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Griffith: surface, $58.50 per ton; intermediate,
$58.50 per ton; base, $68.50 per ton; tack coat, $3.50 per gallon; milling,
$1.95 per square yard.
•Rieith-Riley of Valparaiso: surface, $72.80 per ton; intermediate, $60.65
per ton; base, $58.35 per ton; tack coat, $4 per gallon; milling, $1.88 per
Water Leak at
Meanwhile, Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that he’s working to
isolate a water leak somewhere at Dogwood Park, after receiving a water bill
for the facility far in excess of normal usage there.
That would explain, he said, the numerous gopher hole-like mounds folks may
have noticed at the park.
Mathias said that he’s been shutting off valves, one by one, area by area,
and then doing some digging. One leak he’s already unearthed, on the east
side of the park.
VFW Poppy Days
Members voted 4-0 to authorize Veterans of Foreign War Post 2511 to hold its
annual Poppy Days fundraiser all day on May 4 and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on
Members Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, and Jim Ton, R-1st, both took a moment at
the end of the meeting to take note of the smoking ban recently enacted by
the General Assembly, which includes exemptions for bars, casinos, and
private clubs like fraternal organizations.
“I’m sure proponents of smoke free will be disappointed and opponents will
be disappointed,” Ton said. “But politics is all about compromise and this
is a foot in the door.”