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Dangerous structures at Dunes Friendship on the way out

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Chesterton Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported to the Town Council on Monday what the Chesterton Tribune reported on Friday: that the main playground structures at Dunes Friendship Land at West Morgan Ave. and Fifth Street are all being removed.

Mathias told the council that, following a certified playground inspection, it was determined that structures are hazardous, with more than 150 problems which “aren’t even repairable.”

“It’s better to replace the equipment” than try to fix it, Mathias noted. “As a safety issue, it’s just not good.”

The removal of the structures was scheduled to begin on Monday and the area has been closed to the public. The pre-school section of Dunes Friendship Land will remain open.

The Park Department said last week that the structures could be replaced this summer.

Eagle Scout Project at Vietnam War Memorial

In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that Logan Castro, a Boy Scout with Troop 908, will be removing an accumulation of brush and debris from the Vietnam War Memorial at the ambulance barn at Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave. as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Arrangements have been made with the Porter County Commissioners--which own and administer the property--to give Castro access to the site.

Castro will haul the brush to roadside, where a Street Department crew will collect it for disposal, Doyle said.

Fully Certified

Meanwhile, Building Commissioner Dave Novak announced that he has formally received his certification as a commercial building inspector.

Novak is now certified as both a residential and commercial inspector.



Posted 4/9/2013