In June the Town of
Chesterton officially opened an electric-vehicle charging station in the 100
block of Broadway, on the north side of the road adjacent to Thomas
It’s a nice little
setup, capable of charging two EVs at the same time, complete with a pair of
EV-reserved parking spaces right in front of the station.
Problem is, the
drivers of some old-fashioned gas guzzlers apparently think those two spaces
are too good to leave to EVs and have been parking there themselves.
So Town Council
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, noted at Monday’s meeting. Ton asked Town Manager
Bernie Doyle whether there might be some way of enforcing EV-only parking.
Doyle, for his
part, referred the matter to Police Chief Dave Cincoski.
Who’s all over it.
Cincoski told Ton
that he’s been planning to raise the matter at the next meeting of the
Police Commission, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.
Ton said that he’s
eager to hear the results of that discussion.
East Michigan Ave.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to vacate a platted but unimproved right-of-way:
the terminus of East Michigan Ave., immediately east of North Calumet Road,
which stubs out into a strip of gravel.
The vacation had
been requested by adjacent property owners William and Mary Scott and Mark
Mary Scott told the
council that she and her husband have been maintaining the right-of-way,
mowing it and such, since moving into their home in 1985. And, she said, “I
see no possibility of anything else going in there.”
Staff had no issues
with the annexation.
No one opposed the
annexation at a public meeting which preceded the vote.
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that, at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 21, the Advisory Plan Commission is likely to grant secondary plat
approval to Phase I of Brassie Estates, the 100-lot Brassie Estates
subdivision, located north of the Brassie Golf Course.
Development is currently completing infrastructure for the 16-lot Phase I,
O’Dell said, and with secondary plat approval in hand will be able to
commence actual home construction.
Of Train Horns
Earlier in the
meeting, new resident Harold Schroeder spoke from the floor about the
loudness and constancy of train horns in town. “it’s every 10 minutes,” he
said. “It’s louder than a steel mill.”
Schroeder wanted to
know what the council plans to do about the noise.
Members took the
matter under advisement.