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.
Courtney Udvare informed the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
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
CFD Fire Service
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve the Chesterton Fire Department’s 2020
fire service protection contract with Westchester Township.
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.
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
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