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Four board meetings in April will need to be rescheduled for early voting

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Four regular Chesterton board meetings will have to be re-scheduled in April, to allow for extending early voting hours in the meeting room of the town hall.

So Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare informed the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

As Udvare explained, early voting will begin on Tuesday, April 7, and end on Monday, May 4. The Porter County Clerk’s Office has scheduled voting hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

However, the Park Board meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month; the Police Commission at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday; the Advisory Plan Commission at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday; and the Board of Zoning Appeals at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday.

At its last meeting, the council asked Udvare whether she could prevail on the Clerk’s Office to change the days of extended voting hours. At Monday’s meeting, though, Udvare said that the Clerk’s Office wants to maintain uniform extended voting hours at all early five voting centers.

Udvare told the council that she will work on re-scheduling those four board meetings in April.

CFD Fire Service Contract

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve the Chesterton Fire Department’s 2020 fire service protection contract with Westchester Township.

This year Westchester Township will pay the town $42,500 to provide fire protection service, up from last year’s contract price of $37,264.

The bump reflects an increased number of calls to which the CFD responded in 2019.

The Chesterton and Porter FDs share responsibility for fire protection in Westchester Township, and are paid each year according to the ratio of calls to which each responded in the previous year. Westchester Township makes $50,000 annually available for fire protection service.

Hazmat Collection

Fire Chief John Jarka also reported that in 2019 the CFD collected a total of $9,399.62 from Emergency Services Billing Corporation, an outside service which the CFD uses to bill for expenses incurred during hazardous material-related calls.

Under Town Code, the CFD may impose those charges to recoup the costs of oil dry and other absorbent products used at the scene of hazardous spills.

With the $9,399.62 collected, the CFD purchased a DH wireless router for Engine 510; a Honda generator for Engine 515; and extrication gloves used by firefighters at the scene of vehicle accidents.

CPD Fleet Order

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to obtain quotes--through a state quantity purchase agreement--on the CPD’s 2020 fleet order, consisting of three new squad cars.

Moneys for the purchase will come from Cumulative Capital Development, funded by a dedicated property-tax rate and used exclusively for the purchase of emergency vehicles.



Posted 2/25/2020




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