Here’s what’s new
on the restaurant front in the Town of Chesterton.
which has rehabbed the old Applebee’s space on Indian Boundary Road, could
be issued an occupancy permit today, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to
the Town Council at its meeting Wednesday night. “Everything so far looks
pretty good,” he said.
There had been a
glitch in the building’s fire suppression system but that problem has been
remedied, O’Dell said.
Gino’s, a tradition
in Illinois since 1950 and currently with two locations in Lake County,
serves steaks and chops, seafood, pasta, and is known for its homemade
But wait, there’s
more restaurant news: The Octave Grill is moving, Town Manager Bernie Doyle
told the council, but only down the street, to 105 S. Calumet Road, which
the owners of the eatery have purchased. The Octave’s new digs will be more
spacious, Doyle said, but the re-location does nullify its three-way alcohol
permit under the town’s officially designated riverfront district, within
the boundaries of which a dining establishment may receive an alcohol permit
exempt from local quotas.
recommendation, members voted unanimously to endorse the Octave’s
application for a new permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco
And yet there’s
even more restaurant news: Doyle also had additional information on a
restaurant being eyed for the old tanning salon at 420 Broadway. The eatery
will be a farm-to-table establishment called Fuel, specializing in beef and
vegetables with a classic cinema theme.
“It looks like it’s
going to be a solid investment,” Doyle said.
The operators of
Fuel also intend to apply for an alcohol permit under the riverfront
In other business,
members voted unanimously, on Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s
recommendation, to award the 2018 asphalt contract to low bidder Walsh &
Kelly of Griffith.
Walsh & Kelly bid
$548,850 for 8,000 tons of asphalt; Rieth Riley Construction of Gary,
that the town may not in fact use that much asphalt and will only pay for
what it does use, but that “if something comes up, we’ll have a quantity
that will cover it.”
New Squad Cars
Members also voted
unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to make his annual fleet
purchase of three new squad cars.
vehicles are acquired through Cumulative Capital Development, a fund with a
dedicated property-tax rate used exclusively for the purchase of squad cars
and fire apparatus.
unanimously as well to approve this year’s write-offs of unpaid and
uncollectable refuse and recycling fees, owed--generally speaking--by former
residents who’ve moved out of town.
This year the
write-offs totaled $979.88, a big decrease from last year’s.
“We have been much
more aggressive with our liens this year,” Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela
told the council.
“I’ve seen the
list,” noted President Jim Ton, R-1st. “it’s a signficant reduction in the
number of write-offs.”
voted unanimously to approve the following dates as official municipal
holidays in 2018: New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1; Presidents Day, Monday,
Feb. 19; Good Friday, Friday, March 30; Memorial Day, Monday, May 28;
Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4; Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3; Veterans
Day, Monday, Nov. 12; Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22; the day after
Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23; Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24; and
Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25.
Fiber Optic Update
Earlier in the
evening, at the Redevelopment Commission’s monthly meeting, Town Engineer
Mark O’Dell reported that the contractor constructing the town’s fiber optic
network--CSU of Plainfield, Ill.--is making significant progress in the
installation of conduit.
To date CSU has
“plowed”--that is, ditched--21,500 feet at an average depth of three feet,
and has bored 2,000 additional feet when the conduit needed to be buried
beneath utilities or driveways.
“CSU, they’re a
company, when they show up, they start moving,” O’Dell said. Work began on
200E, he added, but CSU now has three different crews actively working at
sites throughout the town at different points along the 13.8-mile mainpath.
CSU was the low
bidder on the construction contract with a price of $1,233,673.91.
Kudos to Bernie
Member Nate Cobbs,
R-4th, took a moment at the end of the council’s meeting to send an atta-boy
in Doyle’s direction, after vandals over the weekend made a filthy mess of
the new playground equipment at Dogwood Park. Doyle went out to the park
himself and cleaned things up, Cobbs said.