The Chesterton Town Council has agreed to sell a piece of park property to a
couple who want to build a house on the lot.
At their meeting Monday night, members voted 5-0 on second reading to
approve the sale of Lot 5 in the Dunewood Estates subdivision—at 1192
Woodland Drive—to Adam Rick and Nicole Negowetti, for a price of $25,000,
the average of the two appraisals required under Indiana Code for the sale
of municipal property.
The developer of Dunewood Estates—under Town Code at the time—was required
to donate the lot to the Parks and Recreation Department for its development
of a community park. But the Park Board subsequently determined that it has
no use for it, inasmuch as Dogwood Park is just down the street, on 1100N,
and that it will put no money into it.
At a public hearing on the sale at the council’s last meeting, a neighbor
objected, on the ground that it was her understanding that, if not actually
developed as a community park, Lot 5 would nevertheless be left as green
space for use by residents.
On Monday, Member Jim Ton, R-1st, said that he “viewed the property” after
the public hearing and “talked to some people” and has concluded that Lot 5
“isn’t suitable as a park,” that “it belongs to the Park Board,” and that
“they need the money.”
On the other hand, Ton expressed his sympathy for the residents, who “quite
rightly feel that when we required developers to keep land undeveloped for a
park and then we turn around and sell the land, it’s disingenuous.”
“Outweighing their concerns,” though, is that fact that Lot 5 “belongs to
the Park Board, they don’t want it, and they need the money,” Ton said.
Ton did confirm with Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson that the sale
would in no way set a precedent which the council would not want to set.
In other business, Police Chief Dave Cincoski announced that the CPD has
been awarded a federal grant for the purchase of bulletproof vests.
That grant, in the amount of $3,285, is sufficient to pay for half of the
six vests which will need to be replaced over the next two years, Cincoski
New CFD Computer
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that the CFD will need to acquire
a new computer by the end of the year, after having been informed by the
Porter County 911 Dispatch Center that it will no longer provide free system
software for the current computer, used to submit mandated reports to the
Indiana Fire Marshall’s Office.
“We need a new computer by Jan. 1,” Orlich said. “Hopefully, we’ll get free
software from the state.”
Orlich added that he will provide the council with additional information
and noted that the necessary expenditure could be made with CEDIT funds.
More from the
Orlich also reported that he believes three presentations made last week to
different audiences on the proposed municipal advanced support ambulance
service went well: one to the Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club, one to Porter
Regional Hospital staffers, and one a public session at the town hall
(reported by the Chesterton Tribune).
At the latter, Orlich said, eight residents and three non-residents asked
him a variety of questions about the ways and means of the proposed
“I thought it went well,” Orlich told the council.
Orlich said that he should have a report summarizing the presentations for
the council at its next meeting, Nov. 13.
One Last Bit
from the CFD
Finally, Orlich reported that Engine 510 is out of service with busted