The Chesterton Town
Council has agreed to split 50/50 with the Town of Porter the cost of
purchasing new 911 equipment, needed to accept the transfer of emergency
calls from the Porter County E-911 Dispatch Center.
unanimously at their meeting Tuesday night to make that investment.
The upfront cost of
the equipment per town: $52,690.05, which Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela
said should be available in Cumulative Capital Development, a fund with a
dedicated property-tax rate used exclusively for the purchase of emergency
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski said that there will also be an annual cost of $6,000 for the
town’s share of the phone line infrastructure, which he believes he can
incorporate as a regular line item into his departmental budget.
Cincoski noted that
the total cost of the equipment--$105,380.10--is significantly less than the
amount quoted by the E-911 Dispatch Center: somewhere north of $500,000.
Both the Chesterton
and Porter councils voted at their last meetings to maintain the Duneland
Regional Dispatch Operations Center as an independent and stand-alone
entity--rejecting an invitation from Porter County to merge 911
operations--after Cincoski and Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier stated
their belief that the Duneland Dispatch Center can offer residents and the
police officers themselves more reliable and more knowledgeable service than
the E-911 Center.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to extend for one year the town’s contract with
Superior Ambulance Service, which provides dedicated advanced life support
EMS services to Chesterton residents with ambulance crews stationed at the
Fire Department on a 24/7/365 basis.
three-year contract with the town expired in May 2016 and the council’s
action on Monday is the third one-year renewal of it.
specifies that, in the event of Superior’s recovering gross receipts over a
certain amount, it will split that surplus 50/50 with the town, “up to an
amount equal to the percentage of the town’s budgeted expenses which are
attributable to EMS.”
In fact, however,
Superior has never hit the gross-receipts threshold and the town has never
recouped any of its EMS-related expenses.
Eagle Crossing PUD
voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the planned unit development
ordinance governing the Eagle Crossing apartment complex in Coffee Creek
provides for the conversion of a fire entrance off Rail Road into a
permanent right-in/right-out entrance, necessitated by the reconfiguration
of the parking lot to accommodate a natural-gas pipeline easement.
The amendment also
provides for the relocation of handicapped parking following the decision to
stripe angled spaces in place of perpendicular ones as well as to add some
The amendment was
previously endorsed by the Advisory Plan Commission.
Members also voted
unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2018 Salary Ordinance which
increases by approximately $2 per hour the wage paid to the position of Lab
Technician at the Utility.
by the Utility Service Board at its meeting last week--brings that wage to
within 95 percent of the prevailing one paid in comparable municipalities in
Taste of Duneland
Earlier in the
evening, members voted unanimously to endorse the use of Thomas Centennial
Park, portions of Broadway, and the parking lot of the Duneland Chamber of
Commerce’s offices for a new event: a combined Party in the Park and Taste
of Duneland, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
Maura Durham told the council that the Chamber has agreed this year to
assume both the sponsorship and the organization of the popular Taste of
Duneland from the Duneland Business Initiative Group (DBIG) but to combine
Taste with the also popular Party in the Park, “to make a single big event.”
Durham added that
she will be seeking the Park Board’s blessing on the event at its next
meeting, Tuesday, June 5.