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Chesterton council endorses Gastro 49's bid for 'riverfront' alcohol license

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Gastro 49 Pub & Eatery is the latest restaurant in Chesterton to seek a three-way alcohol license under the “riverfront district” designation approved by the Town Council in 2009.

And council members would be glad to see Gastro 49 receive that alcohol license. At their meeting Monday night, they voted unanimously to recommend the issuance of the license.

“The food is good,” noted Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th. “A very nice atmosphere. I’ve seen some of the entertainment. It was well received, the audience was calm, and the place was packed.”

Gastro 49, formerly Uncle Joe’s, formerly the Coach Lite, is located at 361 N. Calumet Road.

The riverfront district--which allows a municipality to circumvent population quotas on alcohol licenses--extends by ordinance 3,000 feet from either bank of Coffee Creek as it winds south to north through the Downtown. Very roughly, those limits describe a district bounded--west of Coffee Creek--by the CSX tracks to the north, East Porter Ave. to the south, and as far west as Eighth Street; and--east of Coffee Creek--by the Norfolk Southern tracks to the south, the east arm of the Little Calumet River to the north, and as far east as Roberts Road.

Four other eateries have secured alcohol licenses under the aegis of the riverfront district designation: Ivy’s Bohemia House at 321 Broadway; the Lemon Tree at 356 Indian Boundary Road; Villanova Pizzeria & Bistro at 213 Broadway; and the Octave Grill at 137 S. Calumet Road.


In other business, members voted 4-0 to take under advisement four quotes received for a proposed upgrade of the Chesterton Fire Department’s HVAC system.

Member Lloyd Kittredge, whose firm, Buck’s Heating & Air, submitted a quote, recused himself from voting.

The quotes:

* $33,745.67, from Reling Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration of Chesterton.

* $38,456, from Bloomfield Mechanical Corporation of Portage.

* $42,995, from Buck’s Heating & Air of Chesterton.

* $50,578 from R & P Restaurant Services of Valparaiso.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann noted that Kittredge has filed all necessary conflict of interest forms and that his firm’s quote was submitted following proper procedures.

Winter, Just Around the Corner

Meanwhile, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the price of road salt has dropped somewhat, after going through the roof following the Forever Winter of 2013-14.

Last winter salt cost $73.32 per ton. This year, $65.92 per ton, about a 10-percent decrease. At the rate the town purchases road salt, the Street Department should save $10,000 to $14,000 this season.

Not as much as Schnadenberg had hoped. But, as he observed, “any savings is good news.”

New Chairs Sought in Meeting Room

Schnadenberg--acting in the place of Town Manager Bernie Doyle, who was absent--also forwarded Doyle’s request to the council for an expenditure of roughly $1,500 to $2,000, for the purchase of new chairs in the town hall’s meeting room.

Those chairs, in Doyle’s estimate, are beginning to look pretty long in the tooth.

Members, for their part, did a quick count and found that the 10 chairs tallied by Doyle are only half of the chairs in the meeting room, the other 10 being comprised of those used by the town’s various boards and by the Clerk-Treasurer, Town Attorney, and Associate Town Attorney.

The council, accordingly, directed Doyle to think in terms of 20 new chairs, not 10, but to get a firm price and then report back.

Kudos from Ton

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to congratulate--first--Frontline Foundations Inc. for another highly successful edition of Hooked on Art; and--second--Schnadenberg and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell for their rapid response to a pretty substantial sink hole which developed early this month in the parking lot of Zale Eye Center, 711 S. Calumet Road.

State Park Not in Town of Chesterton

DeLaney, meanwhile, wanted the record to show that--contrary to what Jim Hall stated in his Voice of the People, that “Chesterton just lost a great opportunity to offer both locals and tourists a fantastic dining experience,” by “Turning down a liquor license” for the Pavilion project at Indiana Dunes State Park--the State Park is not located in Chesterton.

Nor does the Town of Chesterton have anything to do with the alcohol permitting process.

“We don’t have a dog in that fight,” DeLaney said. “It wasn’t our vote. Just get it straight.”

CFD Lights Sirens Parade on October 10

The Chesterton Fire Department will be marking National Fire Prevention Week with its annual Lights and Sirens Parade, stepping off from the fire house at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Following the parade, the CFD will be holding open house until 1 p.m.

This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme: “Hear the beep where you sleep--Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.” National Fire Prevention Week runs from Sunday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 10.

Part timers still needed for leaf collection in town

Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg finds it a little surprising but the Street Department is still in need of a few part-time workers to assist crews with this year’s leaf program.

Applications are available at the Street Department, 1490 Broadway.

Leaf collection will begin late in October, although Schnadenberg has not yet announced the official start date.

Chesterton town auction is tonight

The Town of Chesterton will hold its annual municipal auction this evening at the municipal complex, 1490 Broadway.

Viewing begins at 6 p.m.

The auction itself commences at 7 p.m.

On the block: a variety of used tools, equipment, computer gear, and vehicles.



Posted 9/29/2015




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