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Chesterton Police to switch to Tiburon mobile dispatch system

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The Chesterton Police Department is switching from Cisco Systems to Tiburon--the same system now used by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police and the 911 Dispatch Center--for its computer aided dispatch and mobile communications needs.

Tiburon will better integrate the CPD with other local law enforcement agencies and will also do a more seamless job of managing information, Police Chief Dave Cincoski told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, but the switch-over will cost something on the order of $102,000.

The council previously earmarked that amount in county economic development income tax (CEDIT) moneys at its annual CEDIT meeting in January.

Half of that needs to be up-front money, however, to get on the company’s installation waiting list, which at the moment is three to six months long, Cincoski said.

Members accordingly voted 3-0 to approve an expenditure of $51,000. Members Jeff Trout, R-2nd, and Sharon Darnell, D-4th, were not in attendance.

Tag Day?

In other business, members referred three separate requests for a fundraising tag day for June 29--at the intersections of 11th Street and 1100N and of Broadway and Eighth Street--to Cincoski for review.

One of those requests was made by CHS varsity cheerleading coach Lisa Christenson; the others, by a pair of Relay for Life teams.

Cincoski will sort out the competing requests and make his recommendation at the next council meeting, June 24.

Interim Superintendent’s Salary

Meanwhile, members voted 3-0 to approve on first reading an amendment to the 2013 Salary Ordinance which would establish the position of Interim Utility Superintendent at an annual salary of $35,000.

Last week, the Utility Service Board unanimously appointed Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to that position--the fourth time he has been forced to accept it--after former superintendent Rob Lovell tendered his resignation.

“Thank you for stepping up and keeping the Utility running,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann noted that O’Dell’s appointment will end just as soon as a successor can be found and hired.

The ordinance will be considered at final reading at the council’s next meeting.

What’s the Future of Old Lighthouse Christian Church?

From the floor Rita Nackovic, who lives in the Tamarack subdivision just east of Chesterton High School and north of the Duneland Trails subdivision, asked the council whether anyone in town government is aware of any plans which the new owner of the old Lighthouse Christian Church, at the southwest coroner of 1100N and Fifth Street, may have for the property.

In particular, Nackovic expressed concerns about what work on the property might do to the water table in the area. She noted that the construction first of the new CHS and then of Duneland Trails has made her own neighborhood much more watery. “We have water all the time at the end of my driveway,” in the 500 block of Windridge Drive. “I’m on my third sump pump since 1997.”

At the moment, council members and staff indicated that they are unaware of any plans for the old church facility. But should the owner wish in any way to pursue a use not permitted by the current zoning--which O’Dell did not have on the tip of his tongue--at a minimum he will need to petition the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance.

Weed and Sign Complaints

Acting Building Commissioner Mike Orlich reported to the council that the Building Department is actively pursing tall-grass and signage complaints.

“But it’s a process,” Orlich noted. “It takes time.”

From the Streets

Town Manager Bernie Doyle, reporting for Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, reported that, by removing a 120-year oak tree in-house, from the corner of South Calumet Road and Park Ave., the Street Department saved something like $3,000.

The tree was dead and “definitely a hazard,” Doyle said.




Posted 6/11/2013