A second Tri-Town
council--the Chesterton Town Council--has nominated the co-owner of Third
Coast Spice Cafe and the Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill as Duneland’s
appointment to the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to submit Lisa Wodrich’s name to
the Porter County Council, which has the actual appointment.
The Porter Town
Council nominated Wodrich in October.
Wodrich was not
the Chesterton council’s first choice, however. In September, four months
after Judy Chaplin’s passing had left her seat on the PCCRVC vacant, it
nominated Roy Krizek, the owner of the Schoolhouse Shop in Furnessville and
the first and only person at that time actually to express an interest in
the PCCRVC seat.
One month later,
the Porter council nominated Wodrich instead, because Krizek is a Pine
Township resident, not a Tri-Town resident.
On Monday, the
Chesterton council was happy to follow the Porter council’s lead, although
members were forced to make a choice between Wodrich and one other person
who, they indicated, was perfectly well qualified to sit on the PCCRVC:
Andrew Verheaghe of the Red Cup Cafe in the Chesterton Downtown.
strong candidates,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “It’s difficult to make a
In the end the
council jumped for Wodrich, not only because she has businesses in town and
was already nominated by the Porter council, noted President Sharon Darnell,
D-4th, but because she submitted her letter of interest in the seat before
Verheaghe did his.
Tornado Sirens Down
In other business,
Fire Chief John Jarka reported that, on Nov. 3, the Porter County Emergency
Management Agency (PCEMA) announced that all tornado sirens in the county
have been taken out of service and will be unable to sound in the event of
severe weather for up to 45 days.
The system is being
upgraded to allow the PCEMA to check sirens on a daily basis without
Re: New Fire Engine
Jarka also reported
that early in December he’ll be traveling to the Sutphen Corporation in
Dublin, Ohio, for a pre-construction meeting on the CFD’s new engine.
Sutphen won the
contract for the engine with a low bid of $462,362.