owner of Bartronics Inc., has the greenlight to build an addition to his
facility at 128 S. 12th Street.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to approve the
re-zone of three lots owned by Resteau located immediately south of his
current operation: from R-3 to B-2.
Bartonics is a
specialty electronics firm which installs two-way radio communications
systems in emergency vehicles, along with lights and sirens. Resteau’s plans
call for a 40’ x 48’ addition in order to have more room to work and to
provide additional security for the vehicles he works on. He’s been located
at 128 S. 12th St. for around 12 years.
The Advisory Plan
Commission previously endorsed the re-zone by unanimous vote. Member Nate
Cobbs, R-4th, who sits on the commission, said on Monday that “the Plan
Commission was very pleased with what it saw and looks forward to seeing the
“It’s a good thing
to happen,” added Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “The neighbors were involved and
it’s good for the business community.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve on second reading an ordinance which
forbids appointed building commissioners from undertaking any duties “in
which (they have) an direct or indirect financial interest, including but
not limited to a situation where the Building Commissioner would review or
approve his or her own work performed for any person other than the town.”
As Associate Town
Attorney Julie Paulson emphasized, the town--like all municipalities in the
State of Indiana--was required by a new law, effective July 1, to enact this
specific ordinance. The council was not enacting it, she stated
firmly, in response to any conflict of interest in the present Office of
Building Commissioner or otherwise in past ones.
voted unanimously to authorize the expenditure of $51,000 for the purchase
of a “station-alerting” system to be used by the Fire Department.
The system will be
capable of dispatching multiple fire departments to the same scene
simultaneously, Fire Chief John Jarka said, and will prove particularly
useful after FDs in the county switch from the UHF to the 700 MHz frequency,
which--when fully installed and on line--is expected to handle thousands of
calls on a single channel.
station-alerting system “can push out a lot of calls at once,” Jarka said.
members to approve the expenditure as a “special purchase,” as it will be
bought through a Quantity Purchase Agreement with the state.
DeLaney, liaison to
the Fire Department, told his colleagues that funding for the purchase may
come from the Cumulative Capital Development fund, used exclusively for the
acquisition of emergency equipment; or else from CEDIT funds.
Taste of Duneland
Members also voted
unanimously to approve an agreement with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce
for the annual Taste of Duneland event in Thomas Centennial Park.
The Taste of
Duneland will be held form 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
Hooked on Art
unanimously as well to approve an agreement with Frontline Foundations Inc.
for the annual Hooked on Art event in Thomas Park.
Hooked on Art will
be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.