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DeLaney questions Chesterton Animal Control contract with Porter County

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Chesterton Town Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, wants his colleagues to read the town’s proposed contract with Porter County Animal Control carefully.

Very carefully.

That three-year contract would require the town to pay Animal Control $27,347 per year for its services.

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.

Porter County 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 23rd Street.

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.

Springdale PUD

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 date.


Meanwhile, members 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, technology, signage.

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 $120,522.05.

Applications are available online at

Posted 11/15/2018




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