The Chesterton Town
Council is happy to provide $2,500 in in-kind services--in the form of
police and fire protection--for this yearís edition of the fireworks
extravaganza at Lake Michigan Lakeshore.
But, at the moment,
members are hesitant to pony up an additional $2,500 in actual cash.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to release both PD and FD personnel
for the event, on June 29, but to table until their next meeting, May 8,
Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Maura Durhamís request for $2,500 in
Stephanie Kuziela did say that there is a $2,500 line-item in CEDIT for the
event, but members decided to mull Durhamís petition for another two weeks.
Last year, as
Durham noted, the council provided both in-kind and cash totaling $5,000.
Rain date for the
event: July 5.
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski noted that in the past his officers have been tasked chiefly to
traffic-control duties. Fire Chief John Jarka added that his firefighters
typically remain on stand-by to cover the Town of Porter for the duration of
business, members voted unanimously to renew for another year, without any
substantive changes, the townís annual contract with the Chamber for the
authorizes the Chamber to use the parking lot at its offices at 220
Broadway--property owned by the town--as well as a portion of Third Street.
Marketís opening day: Saturday, May 6. Itís closing day: Saturday, Oct. 28.
It runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday during the season.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve Street Commissioner John Schnadenbergís
sidewalk project list for 2017.
The first order of
business: replacing significant trip-hazard sidewalks along Cole and Bentley
streets in Morganís Corner; in the 100 block of Beverly Drive; along
Windridge Drive in the Tanglewood subdivision; and in 15 different
locations, totaling 200 feet of sidewalk, in the Olde Towne subdivision.
Schnadenberg noted that the trip-hazards have been caused mostly by tree
roots buckling old sidewalks.
Department will then begin working its way down a list of sidewalks in need
of replacing, with the idea of doing as many as $35,000 will fund. The first
five sidewalks on the list:
* East Morgan Ave.,
north side, from Roosevelt Street to Jeffrey Street.
* South 11th
Street, from Park Ave. to a point 200 feet to the south.
* Broadway, from
Fifth Street to a point 60 feet to the east.
* Lincoln Ave.,
north side, from Second Street to Third Street.
* West Indiana
Ave., north side, between Fourth Street and Fifth Street.
A contractor will
also be grinding down $15,000 worth of trip-hazards in the Villages of Sand
Creek and in the Tamarack subdivision, Schnadenberg said.
Bus Barn Annexation
formally annexed the Duneland School Corporationís bus barn property,
located on 6.2 acres on 100E in Liberty Township. Members first voted
unanimously to approve an annexation agreement, then later in the meeting to
approve the actual ordinance.
The point of the
annexation: Duneland Schools has asked the Utility to provide sanitary
service to the bus barn--whose current septic system is old and failing--but
under a long-standing policy, a pre-condition of any tie-in for annexable
unincorporated property is annexation.
will be provided via a line directional-bored beneath Ind. 49 and connected
to a manhole in Coffee Creek Center.
No one spoke in
support of the annexation and no one in opposition at a public hearing held
on the matter at the councilís last meeting.