The Chesterton Town
Council has enacted an ordinance requiring the installation of carbon
monoxide detectors in all new residential construction.
Members did so
unanimously at their meeting Monday night.
specifically requires that at least one CO detector be installed per
residential unit, in all new Class 2 structures, as defined by Indiana Code:
those designed for residential use and having a fireplace, attached garage,
or fossil-fuel burning appliance.
A CO detector is
defined as a device which detects the presence of carbon monoxide gas and
emits an audible alarm of at least 85 decibels at 10 feet and be capable of
sounding that alarm for at least four minutes.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann told the council that the language of the ordinance mirrors that of
another municipality’s which has already been approved on review at the
state level. The Town of Chesterton is only the second municipality in the
state to enact such an ordinance.
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that enough CEDIT funds
remain in his paving budget to re-surface another road. The next one on his
list: South 22nd Street between West Porter Ave. and Union Ave.
Department has already re-paved the following this season: Beverly Drive and
Joal Drive, South 20th Street from West Porter Ave. to a point 400 feet
south, Union Ave. between 21st and 23rd streets, Iowa Street, and 24th
that one other roadway will be re-paved this year, this project to be funded
with tax increment financing money: 200E from the Urschel property south to
the Indiana Toll Road.
referred to staff a petition from William C. Bennett Jr. for a waiver from
the Town Standard requiring the installation of a sidewalk in front of all
a duplex at 110-12 S. 14th Street, in an old neighborhood without sidewalks.
“It would be a
sidewalk to nowhere,” Bennett’s attorney, Terry Hiestand, said. “It’s never
going to go anywhere.”
referred to staff a petition from John Brady, who wants to install a wider
driveway at his residence at 1155 Kilarney Road.
Under Town Code, a
driveway may be no wider than 25 at its foot, but Brady is seeking to build
a driveway 29 feet at its foot to serve a three-car garage.
In old business,
President Jim Ton, R-1st, exercised his presidential appointment by naming
former Town Council member Sharon Darnell to the vacancy on the Advisory
“All of the
applicants presented worthy credentials,” Ton said. “One applicant in
particular did so, accordingly I have selected Mrs. Sharon Darnell.”
The vacancy was
created by the resignation of Jeff Ton, after work commitments made it
impossible for him to continue serving.
Ton also appointed
Town Manager Bernie Doyle to the Transit Development District (TDD) Steering
Committee, tasked under Indiana Code to establish TDDs around South Shore
commuter line stations.
IC provides for one
appointment per municipality in which a TDD is to be established.
The TDDs will act
like tax increment financing districts to fund the South Shore’s
double-tracking project and the West Lake Corridor project.
Taste of Duneland
Members also voted
unanimously to approve a contract with the Duneland Business Initiative
Group for this year’s edition of the Taste of Duneland festival on Sept. 2
in Thomas Centennial Park.