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Another alley vacation petition before the council

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The Chesterton Town Council has scheduled a second public hearing for its next meeting, Sept. 23, in connection with the vacation of a platted but unimproved alley in the 1400 block of West Porter Ave.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted 4-0 to hold a public hearing on the petition of Roy Flaherty of 1413 W. Porter Ave., for the vacation of the unimproved 16-foot alley immediately south of his property.

Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in attendance.

Flaherty’s neighboring property owner, Shawn Woodard, will also be petitioning the council on Sept. 23 for a vacation of the same alley. Woodard is planning to build a home on the lot and wants the extra eight feet of land--should the council agree to vacate the alley and split it down the middle with his neighbor to the south--to have more room to play with rear-yard setbacks.

Health Insurance

In other business, Steve Brady of the Heritage Advisory Group--who is right now reviewing the municipal health insurance coverage with an eye to saving the town some money--told members that he should be prepared at the council’s next meeting to give a full analysis with recommendations.

“I plan to give three to four options of cost-saving measures,” Brady said. “We’ll always give employees good coverage but we’ll save the town some money.”


Meanwhile, Interim Building Commissioner Mike Orlich noted that a handicapped parking issue at KFC on Indian Boundary Road--as reported by Paul Tharp--has been rectified.

Tharp had said that the wheelchair ramp in between the two handicapped spaces at the restaurant was often being used as a parking space itself, making it impossible for anyone in a wheelchair to access the KFC.

Orlich said that his code enforcement officer visited the restaurant the day after Tharp spoke to the council and that the problem is now resolved.

O’Gara & Wilson Bookstore

Town Manager Bernie Doyle took a moment to put in a plug for the recently opened O’Gara & Wilson Bookstore, at the southeast corner of Broadway and Third Street.

Owned by Doug and Jill Wilson of Chesterton, O’Gara & Wilson is a general and antiquarian used book shop which has operated in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago for years and years. The Wilsons, however, closed that location, pulled up stakes, and moved their business to Chesterton.

“It’s a beautiful building,” Doyle said, “just like walking into an old bookstore in Europe. It will really add to the diversity of the Downtown.”

Kudos to Jason Ihler

Doyle also had some fine words of praise for Utility employee Jason Ihler, who when the lights went out on Aug. 27--after problems at two of NIPSCO’s substations left most folks in town juiceless--kept the various lift stations pumped down.



Posted 9/11/2013