By KEVIN NEVERS
anything about the proposed public restroom facility at Thomas Centennial
Park since last May, when architect Dave Kinel estimated the cost of his
design at $226,200.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council removed the project from the limbo
to which it’s been consigned for almost a year, by voting 5-0 formally to
remove it from the Old Business portion of the agenda.
current budget constraints in their move.
“It doesn’t mean
we’re dismissing the idea,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st.
“It’s not like
we’re going to forget about it,” agreed Members Jeff Trout, R-2nd.
originally expected to pay between $150,000 and $175,000 for a
brick-and-mortar restroom facility. In 2012 they flirted briefly with the
idea of a trailer-mounted facility--low quote for one: $48,945--but
abandoned that option when a few residents objected vociferously.
In other business,
members voted 5-0 to authorize the second payment of $39,200 for the
purchase of computer-aided dispatch software--Tiburon--to be used by the
Chesterton Police Department.
The original cost,
when Police Chief Dave Cincoski approached the council a year ago, had been
$102,000 but Cincoski managed to negotiate that sum to $79,500. The town
made a first payment of $39,200 in 2013.
The software has
not been installed yet, Cincoski noted, as dispatchers still have to train
In related news,
Cincoski reported that the consolidation of the CPD’s and the Porter PD’s
radio rooms--approved late last month by both towns’
councils--should be completed in the next six to eight weeks.
Meanwhile, at Town
Manager Bernie Doyle’s urging, members voted 5-0 to approve an additional
payment of $1,317.40 to consultant Steve Brady of the Heritage Advisory
Group, whose recommendation it was to enact a so-called High Deductible
Health Plan and an accompanying Heath Savings Account for municipal
The council did so
enact that plan November.
At the time the
council also approved an expenditure of $2,000 to Brady, to conduct
education sessions for the employees.
On Monday, however,
Doyle said that the costs of Brady’s services exceeded those provided by the
Appointed to Tree
Members also voted
5-0 to appoint Stuart Franzen to the Tree Committee.
Members voted 5-0
as well to proclaim the week of Feb. 16-22 Tri Kappa Week in the Town of