President Jim Ton, R-1st, lost his bid last week to succeed Jim Biggs on the
Porter County Council, when a GOP caucus elected Burns Harbor Town Council
Member Andy Bozak to fill the open seat.
On the upside, Ton
will serve another year as chair of the Northwestern Indiana Regional
Planning Commission’s Executive Board, a position he would have had to
resign had he succeeded Biggs on the County Council.
As Ton noted at the
Town Council’s meeting Monday night, there are no term limits for officers
on NIRPC’s Executive Board but “NIRPC does try to shift officers from county
to county every year.”
Ton added that, as
Executive Board Chair, he has called a meeting of NIRPC’s full membership
for the purpose of considering a slate of candidates for next year’s
Ton did take a
moment to say that Town Engineer Mark O’Dell will continue to serve on
NIRPC’s technical advisory committee. “When they see Mark coming, they know
something is going to have to happen,” Ton said. “Mark, you make things
Later in the
meeting, Town Manager Bernie Doyle congratulated Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg and his crew in the Street Department for reaching the two-year
mark without any loss-time injury.
“That comes with
due diligence,” Doyle said. “That’s not easy to do, especially with the kind
of work they do.”
Doyle remarked that
the other municipal departments also have excellent loss-time records, a
fact which Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, similarly commended.
All the Best to the
Good Folks at Kmart
Member Dane Lafata,
D-3rd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to wish all the employees at
the Chesterton Kmart his best, following Sears Holding Corporation’s
announcement last week that the store would be shuttered in March.
On a recent visit,
Lafata said, he saw customers waiting in line to hug Cheryl and her
assistant in the pharmacy and bid them farewell. “That’s something you don’t
see very often.”