It was a
housekeeping sort of evening for the Town Council at its meeting Monday
night, with a flurry of votes on mostly minor matters.
Begin with members’
decision to issue a request for quotes from local banks, seeking the most
favorable interest rates for cash on hand. That 5-0 vote follows a vote
earlier this summer by the Utility Service Board to move $1.3 million from
1st Source Bank into Trust Indiana, a local government investment pool
exclusively serving municipalities.
Trust Indiana is
expected to generate annual interest earnings of around $30,000, compared to
those of around $2,000 at 1st Source. That money had been earning interest
at a rate of approximately 0.02 percent. Now it’s earning at a rate of
approximately 2.3 percent.
At the same time,
the Service Board agreed to issue an RFQ for local banks to give them the
opportunity to equal or better Trust Indiana’s interest rate.
Waiver for Bird
unanimously to grant the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary a waiver for
an electrical permit needed to extend service for a generator to run a well
pump on the property, located west of South 11th Street immediately across
the street from the rear entrance to Westchester Intermediate School.
unanimously to make the meeting room at the town hall available for early
voting in the run-up to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
convenient,” Member Dane Lafata, D-3rd, said.
“It’s a public
service,” Member Jim Ton, R-1st, concurred.
unanimously to approve a permit for the annual Chesterton High School
Homecoming Parade, scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
Normally the Police
Commission considers parade permits, but the commission does not next meet
until the day before the Homecoming Parade, Thursday, Sept. 12.
The parade will
step off from Chesterton Middle School, then work its way east on
Broadway--via Sixth Street--to South Calumet Road, then back to CMS on West
unanimously to approve the request by Frontline Foundations Inc. to place
two banners promoting the annual Hooked on Art fest, on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The banners will be
placed on East Porter Ave. and at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road
and North Calumet Road, and will be displayed from Sept. 9-23.
unanimously to pay for flu shots--at $28 a pop--for all municipal employees
and their spouses.
The town has
offered this perk to employees in the past.
Member Nate Cobbs,
R-4th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to urge the council to
attempt to seek a return of the moneys which--until 2008--it put in the
Indiana Political Subdivision Catastrophic Liability Fund. That fund, which
currently holds an estimated $4-5 million, has been closed legislatively by
the General Assembly.
“We believe the
available balance of the basic and catastrophic funds should be distributed
to the member communities who’ve contributed to the fund,” Cobbs said.
Ton agreed. “We
don’t want to leave that money in there or it will disappear,” he said.
“Someone will take it.”
Members agreed by
consensus to authorize Mike Anton of the Anton Insurance Agency to make
Cobbs told the
Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that it’s unclear how much money
the town deposited in the fund over the years.
Praise for Waskom
At the beginning of
the meeting, Paul Petro took a moment to thank the council, the Park Board,
Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and staff for
the superb job done on rehabbing Waskom Park. “They did an awesome job,” he
said. “The tennis and basketball courts are getting a lot of use. And the
park’s being used for family gatherings. It’s really a credit to the town.”
O’Dell, for his
part, told Petro that the general contractor on the job, Gariup, will be
returning to Waskom for a second landscaping seeding, as the first didn’t
take. “If the second doesn’t work out, they’ll be back,” he said.