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Fireworks ordinance not tough enough, council told

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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 alone.

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 fireworks ordinance.

Members thanked Aaron for her comments and promised they would take her suggestion under advisement.

Food Truck?

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 added.

West is requesting “a $100 contract that would allow us to bring our services to your Duneland community.”


Posted 7/24/2013