The Chesterton Town
Council appears not to be of a mind to contribute $2,500 in cash to this
year’s edition of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual fireworks
Maura Durham made the request at the council’s last meeting, April 24, when
she requested both $2,500 in in-kind services--from the Police and Fire
departments--and $2,500 in actual funding. At the time members granted the
in-kind donation but tabled the monetary one.
On Monday, Durham
returned to the council, to find members unwilling to un-table the issue.
“See you again in two weeks?” Durham ventured.
“It’s up to you if
you want to come back,” replied President Jim Ton, R-1st.
Members did not
directly address the reason for their frugalness, but earlier in the meeting
Ton had occasion to make note of a “difficult situation” with respect to
this year’s budget, evidently referring to a shortfall in the 2017 General
Fund estimated at $800,000. “This year we’re not in the financial situation
we were in last year,” he said. “Everybody recognizes our financial
extravaganza will be held on June 29 on the lakefront.
Party in the Park
however, vote unanimously to authorize the Chamber to hold its annual Party
in the Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Thomas Centennial Park,
pending the Park Board’s approval.
Durham noted that
there’s no longer an entrance fee to attend the event but that food will be
available for purchase from local eateries and food trucks. The Chamber is
arranging with the Road to Life Church to provide bounce houses and other
Hooked on Art
Members also voted
unanimously to authorize Frontline Foundations Inc. to hold its sixth annual
Hooked on Art festival at Thomas Centennial from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
“I think this is
one of the most outstanding things we can do for the community,” Ton said.
Public Hearing on
In other business,
members voted unanimously to continue a public hearing on the petition of
Deer Run Apartments LLC for the vacation of a portion of Taylor Street to
their next meeting, May 22.
That hearing was
originally scheduled for Monday but Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann told the
council that the LLC has only recently provided a legal description of the
property in question.
Deer Run Apartments
LLC is asking the council to vacate that portion of Taylor Street because
for years now residents of the complex have been using it--technically
illegally--as a parking lot.
instructed staff to review a petition from Brian Lewandowski and A1
Construction for a waiver of the Town Standard requiring a sidewalk in front
of all new construction.
requesting the waiver for a new duplex at 1801-03 Westchester Ave.
DeLaney on the
DeLaney, R-5th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his
astonishment at the size of the new splash pad being installed at Chesterton
“It’s big,” he
said. “It’s really big. And it’s going to be good for the town.”
Ton on the Boys and
Ton also took a
moment to say how much he enjoyed the recent ribbon-cutting for the Duneland
Boys & Girls Club new facility expansion.
“I’m very impressed
by the new facility but I’m even more impressed by the Boys and Girls Club’s
purpose: to provide a safe haven for our children after school,” Ton said.
“Congratulations for the great renovation of the building and
congratulations for your work in the community.”