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Council okays contract with Frontline for Hooked on Art fest

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Frontline Foundations Inc. is currently in the middle of a call-out to chalk- and street-artists for this year’s edition--the fourth--of the Hooked on Art festival in Thomas Centennial Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Meanwhile, Frontline is good to go with the Town of Chesterton.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Frontline governing its use of the park and setting conditions on the conduct of the festival.

The agreement is identical to last year’s, Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.

Among other things, the document grants to Frontline exclusive use of Thomas Centennial Park and the bandstand from 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. On that Saturday, Hooked on Art will be sharing the Downtown with the European Market, possibly also with Chesterton Cruise Night. The agreement also forbids any entrance fees to the festival, establishes a minimum $1-million per incident liability coverage, and includes hold-harmless language.

The town reserves the right to approve all concession booths, charges Frontline a $25 fee for each vendor space, and requires a $500 deposit in the event of damages sustained to municipal property by or during the festival.

Frontline must also arrange and pay for refuse disposal.

Frontline is a substance-abuse treatment provider based in Chesterton. Hooked on Art--which features live street art, music, children’s activities, and vendors--is one of Frontline’s two main annual fundraisers.

Vegetables for Sale

In other business, members agreed by consensus to a temporary arrangement with the proprietor of River Bottom, the vegetable seller which in recent years has set up shop under a tent in the parking lot across the street from the town hall.

Pending a new licensing agreement--which may require River Bottom to move its operations across the street and into the municipal parking area next to the water tower--the council is happy to allow the proprietor to sell asparagus out of her pickup truck in the old location, in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Broadway and Eighth Street.

At issue is the fact that the Street Department paved that lot a year ago and members aren’t interested in seeing stakes driven into the new asphalt to anchor the River Bottom tent.

R.O.S.E. Award

Meanwhile, Town Manager Bernie Doyle announced that the Town of Chesterton has been awarded a R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Service Excellence) Award by the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission.

The R.O.S.E. honors the town for its dedication to conservation, Doyle said, first for its annual Tree City USA designation and more recently for its Audubon Society Bird Town designation.

“That’s one more feather in our cap, more specifically in (Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s) cap,” Doyle added.

Ton on Trout

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his continued commitment to working closely with Jeff Trout, who unsuccessfully challenged Ton in the May 5 primary election.

Trout--who formerly held the 2nd District seat on the council--was appointed by the council at the end of 2014 to seats on both the Redevelopment Commission, on which he serves with Ton, and the Advisory Plan Commission.

“Regarding the primary election held last week, I have two comments to offer,” Ton said, reading a prepared statement. “One, I have reached out to my opponent personally. No details, otherwise it would not be ‘personal.’ Two, I am confident that although we may approach similar topics from different perspectives, we stand united and firm in our joint commitment to improve the quality of life in the Town of Chesterton for all its residents.”

“The Redevelopment Commission, Plan Commission, and Town Council all depend on one another and policies and issues move in both directions back and forth,” Ton added. “I look forward to working with Jeff in the key role he will play in this process.”



Posted 5/13/2015




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