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Council OKs funds for fireworks celebration

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The Chesterton Town Council has ponied up for the annual Fireworks on the Lakefront extravaganza, this year on July 2 and as always at Indiana Dunes State Park.

At its meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to contribute $2,500 in CEDIT funds and $2,500 in in-kind service to the event.

Heather Ennis, executive director of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, made the request from the floor, noting that an estimated 13,000 people attended last year’s edition. “This is a fantastic event,” she said.

The town of Porter and Burns Harbor are also contributing cash or in-kind services and the National Park Service and Porter County are in on the event as well, Ennis added.

“It’s a worthwhile cause,” said Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd.

Still, both members Jim Ton, R-1st, and Nick Walding, R-3rd, asked Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to make a new line item in the CEDIT budget for next year, with funds specifically earmarked for the fireworks celebration.

Ton congratulated the Chamber on the “fine public event,” but said that it’s important for the council “to plan its spending and then spend according to the plan.”

Public Hearing Scheduled

In other business and by unanimous votes, members agreed to hold public hearings at its June 24 meeting on several petitions for vacations of a platted but unimproved public right-of-way: Lincoln Ave., to be exact. All of them are from the same neighborhood.

The petitioners:

*Eugene Engels of 401 S. 18th St.

*Dan Shook of 328 S. 18th St.

*William Gravel of 402 S. Jackson Blvd.

The council asked department heads to review the petitions. O’Dell, for his part, indicated that there are both a stormwater sewer and a sanitary sewer along that stretch of unimproved right-of-way and any vacation granted will need to include a utility easement.

Members also voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its June 24 meeting on the petition of Thomas Biednon for the vacation of an unused utility easement on his property at 1540 Bunker Drive. Biednon has applied for a setback variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals, to permit him to build an addition to his home, but the BZA will not consider the request unless and until the unused utility easement has been vacated.

Relay for Life

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize Duneland Relay for Life to “paint the town purple,” to raise awareness of the Relay, which raises funds for cancer research.

Specifically--pending final approval by the Park Board--Relay for Life will place two 10’ x 23’ banners in Thomas Centennial Park, one on the bandstand, the other on the back fence. Purple ribbons will also be fixed to street lights in the Downtown, along Broadway from Fourth Street to South Calumet Road and along South Calumet Road from the train tracks to Porter Ave.

The banners and ribbons will be up from July 1 to July 13 and will be removed on July 16.



Posted 5/29/2013