Chamber of Commerce is looking to add two special editions of the European
Market to its schedule this year.
At Monday night’s
meeting of the Chesterton Town Council, Chamber President Maura Durham asked
members to consider amending its European Market contract to include a pair
of holiday events:
* The first would
coincide with Small Business Saturday and the Hometown Holiday Celebration
on Saturday, Nov. 25, and would run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.
* The second would
move the highly successful Mistletoe Market from its current venue at
Westchester intermediate School to the European Market site on Broadway and
Third Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
amenable to both proposals, but tasked staff to review them with an eye to
logistics. For one thing, the hours eyed for the Nov. 25 European Market--11
a.m. to 7 p.m.--would fall on either side of the annual Twilight Christmas
Parade, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For another thing, any large
snowfall in the days prior to the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 2 could
complicate the erection of booths.
President Jim Ton,
R-1st, however, expressed his enthusiasm for the two special events. “I like
the concept because it would bring business to the Downtown,” he said.
Staff will review
the Chamber’s request and report back to the council.
In other business,
and at Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s request, members voted
unanimously to approve the temporary placement of two banners promoting
Frontline Foundation’s Hooked on Art festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23, at Thomas Centennial Park.
reasons--the town no longer permits the placement of banners on streetlights
over roadways, the banners will be fixed to poles four feet off the ground
at two locations: on the west side of North Calumet Road, just south of the
intersection of Indian Boundary Road; and on the south side of East Porter
Ave., by Chesterton Cemetery.
The banners will be
placed on Sept. 8 and removed the day after the Hooked on Art fest, on
Sunday, Sept. 24.
Chief John Jarka announced that the Chesterton Fire Department has been
awarded a $3,750 no-match grant from the National Park Service, for the
acquisition of wildland firefighting gear.
National Lakeshore--with whose firefighting crew the CFD has worked closely
in the past--will purchase the equipment for the department, Jarka said.
Town Hall Clock
Jarka also reported
that the council won’t likely be seeking to replace the non-functioning
clock outside the town hall any time soon, as cost estimates for buying a
new clock were all “quite high,” he said.
Jarka did say that
Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias may have a spare motor which would work in
the clock. In the meantime, Jarka said that he will be exploring other
options and will probably have more information next week.
Thinking of Texas
Ton opened the
meeting with a few thoughts on the ongoing flood disaster in Texas. “Our
hearts go out to them, because they’re going to be in that living condition
for quite a while,” he said.