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Flashers installed at stop signs at Broadway and 8th Street

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Motorists east- and westbound on Broadway will notice--can’t help but notice--that the stop signs at the intersection of Eighth Street are now flashing prominently.

As Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, the Street Department installed the solar-powered flashers in the hope of preventing further accidents at the intersection.

“A lot of people blow through it,” Schnadenberg said, despite the fact that the Police Department overlooks the intersection. “We’ve used flashers in other areas where people are disregarding stop signs.”

West Indiana Ave.

Sidewalk Project

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that he and Schnadenberg are currently working on the specs for a major sidewalk replacement project: along the north side of West Indiana Ave. between Sixth Street and South 15th Street.

Members, at O’Dell’s request, voted unanimously to authorize him to work with Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann on going out to quote on the project, with a quote opening at their Feb. 10 meeting.

O’Dell noted that $100,000 has been earmarked for the project, to be funded by the $1.8-million general obligation bond issued in 2018 for paving and infrastructure work.

INDOT on Ind. 49

and Indian Boundary

O’Dell also reported that he will soon be meeting with a representative from the Indiana Department of Transportation to discuss an upcoming INDOT project at the intersection of Ind. 49 and Indian Boundary Road.

O’Dell said that he has no further information about the scope of the project.

The Bowling Alley

Finally, O’Dell reported that the former Westchester Lanes property has been purchased and that the Building Department is working with the new owner, Lukas Weldon, on the necessary permits for remodeling it.

O’Dell was unsure how Weldon will be using the space but said that Weldon could be converting it into a warehouse or repair facility.


Meanwhile, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the new owners of the Namaste Indian restaurant, 715 Plaza Drive, have expressed an interested in applying for an alcohol permit under the Riverfront District designation.

Doyle advised the owners to get their paperwork in order, and said that he could soon have more information for the council.

New CFD Engine

Fire Chief John Jarka, for his part, reported that the CFD’s new engine has been delivered by its manufacturer to the dealer, Smeal/Spartan Fire Apparatus of Valparaiso, but that further work remains to be done: graphics, for instance.

Cost: $508,746, financed through a 2.04-percent seven-year loan offered by the First State Bank of Porter.


Jarka also gratefully accepted a $1,250 donation to the CFD Gift Fund from Indiana American Water Company (IAWC).

Jarka said that IAWC makes an annual donation to the Gift Fund, which the CFD uses to acquire equipment.


Utility Superintendent Dave Ryan took a moment to thank his staff for their exemplary work over the weekend during the 2.73-inch rain event on Friday and Saturday.

“Hats off to my team for managing the rain last weekend,” he said. “We didn’t send anything to the river, so obviously the storage basin has paid off.”

Apply for seat on Police Commission

The Chesterton Town Council is once again taking applications from residents interested in serving on the Police Commission.

That, after the resignation of freshly appointed Bob Aponte, who on further consideration decided he hasn’t the time to devote to the seat.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to accept Aponte’s resignation, rescind the appointment, and invite residents interested in serving to apply.

Letters of application should be mailed or delivered to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 1490 Broadway, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents may all apply.


Posted 1/14/2020






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