fireworks extravaganza at Indiana Dunes State Park will be held on Monday,
The fireworks are
scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. but at the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting
Monday night, Police Chief Dave Cincoski urged folks to get there early.
In past years,
Cincoski told the council, the sheer volume of visitors has forced
authorities to close Dunes State Park well in advance of the fireworks, and
all parking along any stretch of Ind. 49, south of the entrance to the park,
will be banned.
Nor will there be a
shuttle service this year to and from the park.
Vendors, on the
other hand, are scheduled to begin selling food at 6 p.m.
The personal use of
fireworks is prohibited at Dunes State Park, as is the possession or
consumption of alcohol.
express his gratitude to the Porter County Emergency Management Agency,
which is providing first-responders at the park with its mobile command
center as well as installing a temporary radio tower to boost signals in the
park’s notorious dead zone.
The Porter County
EMA, Cincoski said, “is really bending over backwards for us.”
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that this season’s six
Community Crossings projects--partially funded through a 50/50 state
infrastructure grant--have been completed, but for striping here and there.
The projects: South
11th Street between Park Ave. and 1100N ($279,542.25); South Eighth Street
between Broadway and West Porter Ave. ($79,847); West Porter Ave. from South
Calumet Road to South Eighth Street ($107,755.75); South 15th Street from
Broadway to Washington Ave. ($115,813.60); 100E from 1100N to 1050N
($83,318.40); and curb replacement along East Morgan Ave. in Morgan Park
said, he, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala will
begin working on next year’s Community Crossings grant application,
as the next funding round officially commences on July 1.
And on Monday, July
15, Schnadenberg hopes to proceed with the next round of this year’s
paving season. “There should be about eight roads in the next round,” he
said. “That’s weather dependent, though. With all the rain the contractors
Then, in August,
the Street Department will turn its attention to sidewalk replacement,
Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela reported that this year’s circuit-breaker
cut in the town’s total property-tax levy was, $639,919.47: $139,690.47 more
than projected. But the town’s actual total levy was also $560,567.02 more
Which means that
the unanticipated hit on the 2019 budget is only $79,352.44: a manageable
amount, Kuziela said, because the “overall effect of $80,000 spread across
the entire town budget is minimal due to having cash balances at the end of
unanimously, at Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson’s recommendation, to
secure the services of another appraiser, after one of the two retained by
the council to appraise the property at the southeast corner of South
Calumet Road and East Porter Ave. proved to be “non-responsive.”
Paulson noted that
the other appraiser originally retained by the council has already provided
an appraisal of the property, which members are interested in purchasing as
part of a proposed realignment and widening of that intersection.
Paulson said that
the new appraiser should have a turn-around of approximately two weeks.
Earlier in the
evening, the Redevelopment Commission similarly voted to secure the services
of a new appraiser. Should the transaction proceed, the property would be
purchased with tax increment financing moneys administered by the
Seeks to Dedicate
Members also voted
unanimously to instruct staff to work with Nick Scalise, the owner of
property at 1957 Texas St., which according to a survey unaccountably
includes the entirety of Texas Street fronted by his parcel.
Scalise wants to
dedicate the roadway to the town, so as not to have to pay property taxes on
it. He expressed as well a concern about liability, given that motorists
are--technically--driving on his property.
Memorial Day 2020
voted unanimously to instruct staff to work with LaPorte resident and
Vietnam War veteran Louise Spear on the details of a Memorial Day parade in
honor of 1964 CHS graduate Thomas Manning, who died in Vietnam in 1967 while
serving with the 359th Transport Company.
served in the 359th--is making arrangements for a 5,000-gallon tanker, the
same kind of vehicle which the 359th was tasked with moving and protecting,
to be in the parade next year, as well as a pair of gun trucks.
Plans include as
well a service at Manning’s grave at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso on the
Sunday before Memorial Day.