In the run-up to this year’s Relay for Life—Saturday, July 14, at Chesterton
Middle School—start looking for purple ribbons and banners in town.
At the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Relay Chair Jane
Delligatti requested and received permission to festoon streetlights and
such in purple.
Members were fine with the idea, so long as the ribbons are removed soon
after the event.
“They’ll be down within five days,” Delligatti said. “Hopefully the day
after but I can’t guarantee that.”
Delligatti added that she will be seeking similar permission from the Park
Board to hang a banner from the bandstand in Thomas Centennial Park.
In other business, members voted 5-0 to authorize Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg to begin the process of purchasing a new front-end loader, with
the understanding that the Street Department’s current one would be sold to
the Utility for its appraised value: $50,000.
The Utility, in turn, would make the first two annual lease-purchase
payments on the new one—$25,000 each—after which Schnadenberg would use his
own budget to make the final annual payments.
Schnadenberg originally broached the arrangement with the Utility Service
Board—which also endorsed—by noting that the Utility makes frequent use of
the Street Department’s loader. But frequently Schnadenberg has been forced
to deny requests by the Utility, as the loader has been needed for Street
“Seems like a commonsense approach to solving a couple of problems at the
same time,” remarked Member Jim Ton, R-3rd.
Schnadenberg submitted his final report on this season’s sidewalk projects,
funded with $30,000 from the town’s share of riverboat tax revenues:
•150 feet of
sidewalk were raised, to eliminate tripping hazards.
hazards were ground down.
•1,500 feet of
new sidewalk, including ADA ramps, were poured.
Department stopped, Schnadenberg noted, only when the money was gone.