The Chesterton Plan
Commission will send notice to the Town Council that member Jeff Ton’s seat
has been declared vacated.
Ton sent an email
to the board saying that he believes he will no longer be able to attend
meetings in the future due to a permanent change in his work schedule.
Kowalski brought up the email at the end of Thursday’s meeting recommending
the Town Council to ask Ton to resign his seat and to appoint a new board
“If (Ton’s) work
schedule changes down the road, he can reapply to the board but at this time
I think it’s in the best interest of this board and the town, I think he
needs to step back,” said Kowalski.
Chuck Parkinson said that by statute, the Commission can declare a seat to
be vacated if the corresponding members misses three consecutive meetings.
According to the minutes, this is the third meeting Ton has not been
motion, the board voted 5-0 to declare the seat vacant. Absent from the
meeting besides Ton was planner Bob Poparad.
Parkinson said the
Town Council will be responsible for filling the vacancy.
Cases referred to
Rather than proceed
with preliminary hearings, the Chesterton Plan Commission on Thursday
referred its two cases on the agenda to the Town’s Plat Committee.
The two cases
included Brian Lewandowski who is requesting primary plat approval for lots
at 1801-03 Westchester Ave. where he wishes to construct a duplex. The
second case is request by James and Mary Jeselnick requesting primary plat
approval for a lot in Driftwood Commons, an office complex located on the
west side of S. Calumet Rd.
None of the
petitioners were at the meeting but Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said both
cases would be suitable for review by the Plat Committee.
The Commission took
up some discussion on the Jeselnick case. O’Dell said a variance was given
by the Board of Zoning Appeals in 1993 allowing a second principal structure
on the separate parcel but without frontage.
“It was set up this
way by Mr. Jeselnick but he never finalized it until now, 23 years later,”
Jeselnick would like to subdivide the lot into three separate lots.
The Plat Committee,
which consists of O’Dell, Plan Commission President George Stone and member
Fred Owens, will meet next Thursday at 6 p.m. before the BZA meeting at Town
Coffee Creek sidewalks
In other business,
the Commission voted 5-0 in favor of releasing letters of credit for two
sidewalk guarantees within Coffee Creek Center and reinstate new ones that
would expire on June 30, 2018, essentially extending the guarantees for one
Making the request
was Eric Warren of Lake Erie Land Company. One of the guarantees are for an
area along the Village Green townhomes and the other is for the first
addition to Coffee Creek Center.
will be completed (in a year) or we’ll have a be handle on when they will be
completed,” Warren said.