If you and your pets were a little jumpy in the run-up to Independence
Day--you know, window-rattling booms in the early morning hours--you’re not
At the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting Monday night, resident Rose Aaron
asked members to take a hard look at the ordinance governing the discharge
of fireworks within the corporate limits.
Already more stringent than Indiana Code, the local ordinance limits
fireworks to 11 days only in the summer, from June 29 to July 9 and--with
the exception of July 4--only from 5 p.m. to two hours after sunset. On the
Fourth, folks may discharge fireworks from 10 a.m. until midnight.
For Aaron, however, the 11-day window is excessive. “It’s way too long,” she
said. “Our dog has to hide in the bathtub and a week before the Fourth we
have to get tranquilizers for him. It’s very hard on senior citizens too. I
think fireworks should be left to the professionals.”
Aaron noted as well that in many cases the fireworks in question are simply
noise-makers: “M80s and bombs,” she said. “It sounds like the ones they set
off in third-world countries.”
And while she conceded that it’s hard for the Chesterton Police Department
to enforce the ordinance, Aaron strongly urged members to re-write the
Members thanked Aaron for her comments and promised they would take her
suggestion under advisement.
In other business, members referred to Town Manager Bernie Doyle and Police
Chief Dave Cincoski a petition from Phil West, owner of Hungry Inc. in
Valparaiso, for a peddler’s license which would permit him to operate a food
truck in town.
West describes the business as a “full-kitchen, mobile food-service truck”
which would “provide gourmet sandwiches, salads, and soups”; would provide
“delivery and ‘brown bag’ lunches to offices and businesses via website
ordering”; and would serve food at local events and festivals.
Hungry Inc. would be Porter County’s first full-service food truck, West
West is requesting “a $100 contract that would allow us to bring our
services to your Duneland community.”