Economic Development Company (CEDC) is open for business.
So Town Council
Member Jim Ton, R-1st, announced at Monday night’s meeting.
$120,522.05, the CEDC is now ready to accept applications from Downtown
businesses for 2-percent CHAMP (Chesterton Hometown Asset Maximization
Program) loans, which may be used for a variety of improvements, Ton said.
revitalized last year--after a moratorium was called in the program in
2012--the CEDC has been working on revisiting the terms of the old program
and revamping the application form.
“This is not the
old facade loan,” Ton said. Loans may be obtained for any manner of business
improvement: paint, furniture, carpeting, technology, signage. “Be open
minded. Think out of the box.”
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, Associate Town Attorney Connor Nolan
said. “There are different thresholds of information for different size
“We want to make
loans available to as many businesses as possible,” Ton did note. “We don’t
want to put all the funding into one pot.”
available online at
www.chestertonin.org or at the
Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 1490 Broadway. The CEDC will review all
applications and forward its recommendations to the Town Council, which will
make the final decisions.
The CEDC loan
program dates to 1986, when the town received a federal grant, of which
around $100,000 remains.
Re: Waskom Tennis
In other business,
Tom Archibald pressed the council on the design of the new tennis courts at
Waskom Park, as the contractor for the rehab project, Gariup Construction
Company of Gary, prepares to begin work.
concerns specifically about the orientation of the tennis courts, noting
that the courts built at Chesterton Park were “built wrong,” not on a
north/south axis but more on a northwest/southeast axis, leading to problems
with sun glare.
Archibald also said
that the new courts need 12 inches of subsurface stone, not six inches.
“I’m not here to
accuse anyone of doing something wrong,” Archibald said. “I just want to
make sure it’s done right, so in three years we don’t have cracks.”
Member Nate Cobbs,
R-4th--who acts as liaison to the Park Board--suggested that Archibald speak
to that body about the matter. On the other hand, Cobbs added, the
engineering was done by a highly reputable firm, DLZ.
Re: RR Crossing,
resident of the Estates of Sand Creek brought two questions to the council
* Could the town
begin the process of making the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing at C.R. 250E
a quiet zone?
* Could his
96-gallon rollaway garbage can be replaced with a smaller 64-gallon model.
The answer to those
questions: no, and probably no.
As Ton noted, the
grade-crossing at C.R. 250E is located in unincorporated Westchester
Township. Even if the town had the funding available to pursue a railroad
quiet zone there, it couldn’t, as the Porter County Commissioners have
On the subject of
the rollaway garbage cans, “there’s one size and one size only,” said Member
Emerson DeLaney, R-5th. “That’s what Republic Services offer and that’s all
they offered in the negotiations.”
John Schnadenberg, for his part, was slightly less confident. “I’m not going
to sit here and say one way or the other,” he said. “But I can check it out
Stephanie Kuziela took a moment to introduce the council to her new Deputy
Clerk-Treasurer: Tina Clinton.
proved herself an asset to the town,” Kuziela said. “I’m very excited to
have her on board.”