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Council to unveil 2018 salary ordinance amendment Monday

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The Chesterton Town Council will unveil an amendment to the 2018 Salary Ordinance at its meeting Monday night, some four months after Lt. Joe Christian of the Police Department first raised the issue of stagnant wages

The amendment itself was still under review today, but Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Chesterton Tribune that under the new ordinance “salary adjustments” will be made for all municipal employees, to bring their take-home “within striking distance” of the wages paid by comparable communities.

Elected officials and appointees to the town’s boards and commissions will not be receiving such “adjustments,” Kuziela added.

In other business, members are scheduled to accept a formal dedication to the town of right-of-way and sidewalks on the east side of South Calumet Road in front of the Barrington Bridge apartment complex. Those sidewalks are presently part of the Barrington Bridge property but have long been maintained by the town.

Members will also schedule a public hearing on a resolution to amend the terms of the Cumulative Capital Improvement (CCI) fund, used chiefly for stormwater projects. Under the resolution, CCI could also be used for computer infrastructure.

From the floor, the Duneland School Corporation is scheduled to ask the council to waive building permit fees for unspecified capital projects this summer.

Special Redevelopment

Earlier in the evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting for the purpose of awarding the contract for the “meet-me room” at the municipal complex, part of the ongoing fiber optic network project.

The meet-me room will essentially serve as the network’s nerve center.

The commission received two quotes for the project at its last meeting: $42,000 from Gariup Construction Company Inc. of Gary; and $53,444.80 from HP Construction Services of Westville.



Posted 4/6/2018




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