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