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Chesterton Town Council chips in for lakefront fireworks

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The Chesterton Town Council has gone all in for this year’s fireworks extravaganza at the lakefront.

At its meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to donate $2,500 in cash and $2,500 in in-kind services--specifically police and fire protection--for the event, tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 2.

Making the request for the donations was, as always, Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Maura Durham.

Baby Box

In other business, Fire Chief John Jarka reported that the new state law permitting the installation of safe haven baby boxes at Indiana fire stations staffed 24/7 will not take effect until July 1, so there’s plenty of time to get the ducks in a row.

Jarka noted that he’s in the process of obtaining quotes from alarm companies, and is arranging for Monica Kelsey, the developer of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, to take a tour of the CFD station, “to see if it’s an adequate site for a box.”

Baby boxes allow distressed mothers to anonymously give up an unwanted infant. Such boxes are electronically monitored and climate controlled and so long as there are no signs of the infant’s having been neglected or abused, the mother need fear no criminal investigation.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, originally expressed an interest in a local baby box after afterbirth was discovered last fall in a portable toilet along the Prairie Duneland Trail, the day after a baby was left in a box installed at the Coolspring Township Fire Department in Michigan City. A second baby was left in the CTFD’s box earlier this spring.

Dogwood Park Restroom

Meanwhile, Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the new restroom facility at Dogwood Park is now fully functional, with both water and electric service.

All that remains to be completed, Mathias said, is landscaping.

Fiber Optic Network

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, for his part, reported that the contractor for the town’s fiber optic network, CSU Inc. of Plainfield, has begun the process of running actual fiber optic cable into conduit previously installed. It’s the black cable folks may see along the roadway.

Rebuilding Together

At the request of Rebuilding Together Duneland, members voted unanimously to waive the permit fees for two projects in town during Saturday’s annual community effort.

Meetings Re-scheduled

The Town Council’s second meeting in May, and the Redevelopment Commission’s regular meeting in May, have been re-scheduled to Tuesday, May 29, as the normal meeting day, Monday, May 28, falls on Memorial Day.



Posted 4/24/2018




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