In the final days
of 2018, the Chesterton Town Council voted to table until further notice the
annexation of 59 acres owned by PSR LLC.
The parcel is
located south of 1100N, mostly west of 23rd Street and across the street
from Dogwood Park but also adjacent to the Stone Meadows subdivision, whose
residents--along with the residents of Rosehill Estates and Dogwood
Estates--made it clear at the time that they strongly opposed PSR's plans
for a mixed-use planned unit development including not only duplexes and
triplexes but also a pair of commercial buildings.
Members tabled the
annexation petition for two reasons, one of them statutory: Indiana Code
prohibits the annexation of property in the year before a census year.
The other reason: a
rough consensus appeared to have emerged that PSR's proposed PUD was neither
in the neighbors' best interests nor in the town's.
Once tabled, an
agenda item may not be "un-tabled" without an express vote to that effect,
which PSR's attorney, Greg Babcock, specifically asked for at Monday night's
Babcock didn't get
it, however, as no motion was made to un-table. Members emphasized that such
a motion would have been a betrayal of the neighbors whom they promised, 18
months ago, to include in any discussion of the proposed annexation going
forward. And because Babcock had not, in a timely fashion, asked
Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare to place the un-tabling on Monday night's
agenda, members were bound to honor their promise to the neighbors.
"We made a
commitment to the neighbors that they would be notified prior to any
discussion," said Member Jim Ton, R-1st.
Fisher, I-5th, concurred with Ton, "in light of the promises made that
neighbors would have the opportunity to be heard."
accordingly instructed to be sure to ask Udvare to place the un-tabling on
the agenda of the council's next meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, July 13.
Babcock did say
that the duplexes and triplexes have been eliminated from the plan, that all
residential units will be single-family, and that if PSR opts to pursue the
construction of the two commercial buildings, it will need to go through the
PUD process before the Advisory Plan Commission.
In other business,
Police Chief Dave Cincoski reminded residents that open season on
fireworks--despite what folks may be hearing at night--doesn't begin until
Monday, June 29.
Fireworks may only
be legally discharged within town limits between 5 p.m. and two hours after
sunset on June 29-30, July 1-3, and July 5-9. On July 4 they may be legally
discharged between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.
Cincoski also asked
residents to remove fireworks debris from the roadways--to avoid damage to
vehicles and prevent the debris from entering the stormwater system--and to
dispose of it properly in metal receptacles.
Cincoski added that
this year officers will focus chiefly on responding to complaints concerning
the hazardous or nuisance discharge of fireworks, at or near residences or
in the direction of traffic.
Commissioner Mark O'Dell reported that the Advisory Plan Commission, at its
May meeting, approved the secondary plat for Phase I of the Springdale
planned unit development, located immediately south of 1050N and immediately
west of the Abercrombie Woods subdivision.
construction of houses to begin in July. Phase I is located roughly in the
middle of the site, opposite Ritter Street in Crocker. It will be comprised
of 21 single-family homes and 12 paired patio homes.
John Schnadenberg reported that he's decided to add one more sidewalk
replacement project to this season's list: on the east side of Chesterton
Blvd. between Broadway and West Indiana Ave.
It's in pretty
rough shape, Schnadenberg told the council.