The Chesterton Town
Council opened bids for paving on East Morgan Avenue and awarded the
contract at its meeting last night.
The Council took
the two bids under advisement and opted to award the contract to low bidder
Walsh & Kelley Inc., for $331,985, contingent upon Street Department and
legal review because Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said the deadline
to use this year’s 50/50 match Community Crossings grant money is fast
Curb replacement on
East Morgan Avenue from Coffee Creek Park to Roosevelt Street is the last of
six projects that will be funded by the Community Crossings grant this year.
In other Street
Department business, Schnadenberg announced that anyone interested in the
Street Department’s surplus 2002 Ford F-550 can see the truck at the Street
Department and submit a sealed bid for it. Bids will be opened at the April
8 Town Council meeting, and are due by 4:30 p.m. on that day.
reported complaints about blocked sidewalks have started coming in now that
the weather has turned and people are out and about. Residents are reminded
not to park on sidewalks or block sidewalks with their vehicles.
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski reported the Department is moving forward with its new body camera
and in-car camera program.
In February, the
Town council approved Cincoski to make a special purchase of updated in-car
systems for the CPD, and to buy body cameras for officers for the first
time, to the tune of $212,900 over five years. The equipment is from
Bodyworn Utility Associates, Inc.
the company will be doing an internal survey today to determine how the new
in-car camera equipment will be arranged in the squad cars. The company will
also conduct training for the body cameras once the CPD officers have
uniforms that comply with the equipment. Cincoski said the Department is
working on meeting the uniform standard.
Stephanie Kuziela reported that early voting starts April 9 and the
Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway, is once again an early voting site for
anyone in Porter County to use between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays
and two Saturdays--April 27 and May 4. Voters must be registered to vote and
show a valid driver’s license.
Council member Jim
Ton, R-1st, expressed support for the Town acquiring a property that’s on
the market at the corner of Porter Avenue and Calumet Road.
is a very difficult one, but its one of the main roads into town,” Ton said.
“We’ve got a region-best restaurant on that corner, and there’s no reason we
can’t clean it up.”
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann said the main question to ponder is which Board would make the
Angelica Levy came before the Council for guidance on organizing trash
clean-ups in Town. Levy has started a Facebook page, NWI Trash Tag,
following a social media trend where people are encouraged to take before
and after photos of areas where they’ve cleaned up litter.
Levy reported some
disposal companies she’s contacted have offered to donate reflective vests
and street cones to keep the group members safe and visible while they’re
The Council told
Levy they have no authority over private property, but she’s welcome to
clean-up anything in public rights-of-way in Town, and whatever her group
picks up can be disposed of in Town dumpsters and trash cans. Schnadenberg
also offered that the Street Department will come by and pick up bagged
trash if they let him know where and when they’ll be having a clean-up. Ton
suggested she speak further to Schnadenberg and Town Manager Bernie Doyle.