Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, wants his colleagues to read the
town’s proposed contract with Porter County Animal Control carefully.
contract would require the town to pay Animal Control $27,347 per year for
DeLaney did not
actually specify what language in the contract he wants his fellow members
to attend to. And Member Jim Ton, R-1st, in fact, asked him not to, so that
he might “make up his mind independently.”
But DeLaney did
urge his colleagues to review the contract with a critical eye. “You might
come up with some questions, as I have,” he said. “In my opinion, I think
it’s very contentious.”
DeLaney added that
he wants a representative from Animal Control to visit the council at a
public meeting to answer questions.
Animal Control has vexed various council members for years. Their argument:
that Chesterton residents already fund the service through their property
taxes, so that by charging the town an annual fee Animal Control is
basically double-billing residents.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve a pre-annexation agreement with PSR
LLC, the owner of 59 acres of land located at 70W 1100N, roughly where 23rd
Street dead-ends at 1100N, with the majority of the property sited west of
Of those 59 acres,
PSR’s attorney, Greg Babcock told the council, 28 are useable, and a planned
unit development ordinance is in the works for residential units plus “maybe
two small commercial buildings.”
Members will hold a
public hearing on the annexation at their Dec. 10 meeting.
Members also voted
unanimously to approve an amendment to the PUD ordinance governing
Springdale, a mixed-use development south of 1050N and west of the
Abercrombie Woods subdivision.
As amended, the PUD
now provides for 60 single-family units on 13 acres, 23 paired patio homes
on five acres, and not quite nine acres of commercial/industrial on four
lots. The property will be developed in two phases, with the intention of
completing the single-family units first and the commercial lot at a later
voted unanimously to revise the application process for 2-percent CHAMP
(Chesterton Hometown Asset Maximization Program) loans, administered by the
Chesterton Economic Development Company.
Businesses may use
the loans for any number of improvements: paint, furniture, carpeting,
Under the revised
process, businesses will first complete an initial application, then a
supplemental one, Ton said.
The 2-percent loans
must be re-paid in full after five years, with two installments per year. A
maximum loan amount has not been set. The program has been capitalized at
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