The Town of Chesterton has a new--and somewhat more restrictive--curfew
At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted 5-0 to approve on first
reading an ordinance which advances curfew time by one hour, 5-0 to suspend
the rules, then 5-0 to approve that ordinance on final reading.
Under that ordinance--endorsed unanimously by the Police
Commission--children 15 to 16 with no statutory “defense,” like lawful
employment, must be off the streets by 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and
by 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Children younger than 15 must be off the
streets by 10 p.m. every night of the week.
Under the old ordinance, the curfew for children 15 to 16 was 11 p.m. Sunday
through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; for children younger than
15, 11 p.m. every night of the week.
The Hot Dog Lady
In other business, members voted 5-0 to instruct Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann
to revise the contract under which the hot dog lady, Rhesa Magnabosco,
operates her cart in the Downtown. Under the current terms of that contract,
Magnabosco is permitted to sell her dogs only in the parking lot of the
Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 220 Broadway.
But Magnabosco has for some time been plying her trade at the northwest
corner of Broadway and South Calumet Road, in Thomas Centennial Park.
Building Commissioner Mike Orlich, however, informed her that this
particular location impedes access to the ADA ramp at the corner and
obstructs motorists lines of sight.
The council instructed Lukmann to revise the contract to permit Magnabosco
to sell dogs in Thomas Centennial Park provided that she moves her cart
further into the park and away from the intersection. Magnabosco noted that
she moved her cart after some of her regular customers told her that the
site in the park would be far more convenient to them.
Members also voted 5-0 to instruct Lukmann to revise the contract, if
necessary, to permit Magnabosco to operate her cart Monday through Saturday.
Originally, she had only been selling dogs on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, members voted 4-0--with Member Dave Cincoski, R-3rd, a serving
member of the Chesterton Police Department abstaing--to authorize an
expenditure of $2,588.36 in CEDIT moneys to purchase some gear for the CPD:
five replacement LCD monitors for the radio room, two notebook computers for
the Investigations Division, and 12 used digital cameras refurbished by
Kodak for the Patrol Division.
Police Chief George Nelson made the request and noted that thr CEDIT budget
provides for two separate earmarks of $10,000 each for the purchase of
officer equipment and computer upgrades.
Members also voted 5-0 to approve on first reading an amendment to the 2009
Salary Ordinance, 5-0 to suspend the rules, then 5-0 to approve that
amendment on final reading.
That amendment does two things. First, it creates three tiers in the
currently singled-tiered position of Administrative Assistant for the Street
Department, with wages set at $13.84 for the first tier, $14.60 for the
second, and $15.70 for the third.
Second, it creates two positions for summer interns--one to be tasked to
Town Manager Bernie Doyle, the second to the Stormwater Utility, both for
work on municipal website design--at $10 per hour.
Finally, members voted 5-0 to appropriate an insurance payment of $1,204.52
to the General Fund, Police Miscellaneous Repair.