re-established Chesterton Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has not--repeat,
not--yet loaned any business in the Downtown any funds for facade
So Town Manager
Bernie Doyle set the record straight at the Town Council’s meeting Monday
Doyle said that
reports in the community have come to his attention that the CEDC has
already awarded loans for facade work. Those reports are inaccurate, Doyle
made clear. “We’re still getting the CEDC off the ground and have only just
applied for tax exempt status.”
that folks may be confusing the CEDC with the Duneland Economic Development
Corporation (DEDC), the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s not-for-profit arm.
The DEDC, however, makes facade grants available to businesses, Doyle
said; the CEDC, when it’s fully up and running, will be making loans.
The purpose of the
CEDC is to revitalize the Downtown by making loans to business owners for
facade improvements. Loans of up to $5,000 at an interest rate of 2 percent
will eventually be available. The loans must be re-paid in full after five
years, with two installments per year.
The loan program
dates to 1986, when the town received a federal grant, of which $100,000
As of 2012, the
CEDC had awarded 43 loans totaling $533,321.21. The CEDC’s main role in the
process is to review loan applications.
Correction on CFD
Also setting the
record straight was Fire Chief John Jarka, after one of the Sunday regional
papers reported that the Chesterton Fire Department is a “volunteer”
In fact, Jarka
said, the CFD hasn’t been a volunteer department since the 1970s. On the
contrary, it’s a career department staffed by three different 24-hour crews
and supplemented by volunteers, Jarka noted.
at Splash Pad
In other business,
Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that concrete could be poured as
soon as this week at Chesterton Park on a pocket parking lot to serve the
new splash pad.
The lot--which is
being carved out of Chesterton Park property--will have room for nine
vehicles, Mathias said.
Town Hall Clock
told the council that he will investigate the cost of repairing--or
otherwise replacing--the clock outside the town hall, after receiving
complaints from residents.
Jarka, for his
part, noted that the battery-operated clock appeared to be running okay
after he recently replaced the battery, but that on Monday night he noticed
it was about an hour slow.
Kittredge, R-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his
satisfaction at the completion of Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail:
the continuation of the eight-foot sidewalk along 1100N from the Rosehill
Estates subdivision all the way east to South Fifth Street.
great on 1100N,” Kittredge said. “The sidewalk was done in time for the kids
to get to school today. It was a very nice job. The timing was great. It
“The best part of
it,” added President Jim Ton, R-1st, “is that (the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission) paid for 80 percent of it.”
In fact, the town
received three separate 80/20 grants from NIRPC totaling $1,074,394.
Contractor Walsh & Kelly Inc.’s bid price for the job: $549,049,
substantially less than the original estimated construction cost of
CFD Street Dance
DeLaney, R-5th, also took a moment to thank the CFD for another superb
edition of its annual Street Dance, which was held on Saturday.
“Nice job on the
Street Dance again this year,” he said. “It was well done.”