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Chesterton leaf program about a day behind schedule

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The good news is that Duneland didn’t get nine inches of lake-effect snow this week.

The bad news is that the Town of Chesterton’s leaf program is behind schedule.

As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg report at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, leaf collection is about a day behind. Crews are working 10 hours days and may work a Saturday to catch up.

Complicating matters, of course, is that a generally balmy October appears to have put the trees themselves behind schedule, so that for the first couple of weeks crews didn’t have much on the ground to collect.

Leaves are beginning to pile up now, however, and Schnadenberg has said that, weather permitting, crews will be collecting until Thanksgiving.

Quonset Hut

In other business, Interim Building Commissioner Mike Orlich announced that--as everyone pretty much already knows and the Chesterton Tribune reported on Oct. 31--the main part of the old Quonset hut at 563 Broadway has been razed, at the owner’s expense, per a demolition order which Orlich issued earlier this year.

All that remains of the building is its concrete facade, the future of which Orlich is unsure of.

Orlich did say that the owner “would like to develop a new building there.”

Bulletproof Vest Grant

Meanwhile, Police Chief Dave Cincoski was finally able to announce the actual sum of money which has been awarded to the CPD by the U.S. Department of Justice for the purchase of bulletproof vests: $3,259.

Although Cincoski had been notified of the award last month, he hadn’t yet received the actual figure when the government shut down.

The grant--which will reimburse the CPD for 50 percent of the cost of new vests--is good through Aug. 31, 2015, Cincoski said.

Halloween Debrief

Cincoski also debriefed the council on trick-or-treat, which he said “went smooth as smooth could be.”

“The weather held out perfectly and it was a very uneventful evening,” Cincoski said.

December Meeting Schedule

Members voted 5-0 to approve the following schedule of meetings next month.

The Town Council will meet as usual on the second Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

But then there’ll be a flurry of meetings on Monday, Dec. 16:

* Redevelopment Commission, 5:30 p.m.

* Town Council, 6 p.m.

* Stormwater Management Board, 6:30 p.m.

* Utility Service Board, 7 p.m.

The CPD at WIS

Members also took receipt of a letter from Shawn Longacre, principal of Westchester Intermediate School, thanking the CPD for its continued presence at WIS.

“WIS is fortunate to have the partnership with our Chesterton Police Department,” Longacre wrote. “The officers always attend our Honor Roll Lock-Ins. It’s wonderful to see the officers’ presence as they sing karaoke and interact with our students.”

“Furthermore, during the school day, the officers routinely walk the hallways and visit our students during their lunch time,” Longacre added. “Their presence, on behalf of our students, really makes a difference. I applaud them for their dedication and efforts.”

Engine 512

Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that Engine 512--which is beginning to show its age--has been returned to partial service, as a secondary engine available if needed.

Orlich said that there appear to be some rust issues with the frame.

Phase II Groundbreaking

A celebration to mark the groundbreaking of Phase II of the Utility’s long term control plan will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the wastewater treatment plant.

The cornerstone of that plan--to be constructed in Phase II--is a 1.2-million gallon storage tank into which stormwater-diluted wastewater will be diverted during heavy rain events. The tank will hold it until the plant has a chance to catch up, then bleed the water back into the system for treatment.



Posted 11/13/2013