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Fresh from the Town Council: Chesterton restaurant updates

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Here’s what’s new on the restaurant front in the Town of Chesterton.

Gino’s Steakhouse, 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 deserts.

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.

At Doyle’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to endorse the Octave’s application for a new permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

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 exemption.

Asphalt Contract Awarded

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, $572,850.

Schnadenberg noted 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.

All emergency 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.

Refuse Write-offs

Members voted 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.”

2018 Holiday Schedule

Finally, members 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.



Posted 12/22/2017




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