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Council declines to untable 1100N annexation petition

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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 council meeting.

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.

Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th, concurred with Ton, "in light of the promises made that neighbors would have the opportunity to be heard."

Babcock was 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.

Springdale PUD

Meanwhile, Building 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.

O'Dell expects 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.

Chesterton Blvd. Sidewalk

Street Commissioner 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.


Posted 6/23/2020




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