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.
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
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.
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.
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
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