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Jim Ton clarifies relationship between the town and Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc

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To clarify the relationship between the Town of Chesterton and Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, read the following statement at Monday’s meeting, after noting that “some people have a different impression of what’s happening.”

The statement in full:

“This spring the Chesterton Town Council became aware of the need to provide a rescue system for unwanted, unplanned, or abandoned infants. Subsequently, after due deliberation and research, the council voted unanimously this summer to contract with Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc. for the lease of such a system. Any questions regarding the manufacture, production, technical characteristics, or nature of its specific operations should be referred to Save Haven Baby Boxes Inc.

“Public inquiries for monetary contributions toward the cost of the installation or maintenance of the Safe Haven Baby Boxes may be referred to Council Member Jim Ton or Fire Chief John Jarka.”

Two weeks ago the Chesterton Tribune reported that the town had received $800 in donations toward the cost of the infant rescue device. Since then, additional contributions have been made:

* Duneland Exchange Club: $500.

* Parishioners for Life, St. Patrick Catholic Church: $500.

* St. Francis Episcopal Church, $475.

* Michael and Nancy Anton: $100.

* Walter and Jill Burns: $25.

The one-time cost of installing the system is $10,000, plus an annual fee of $200 to cover any upgrades to the device and a $40 monthly fee for alarm monitoring.

Spark in the Park

In other business, the council heard from Zeno Rossetti, organizer of the Spark in the Park event on Oct. 7 in Thomas Centennial Park, who expressed his gratitude to the town but in particular to Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias. Rossetti said that Mathias made himself remarkably available and useful and the event’s huge success is in part due to him.

More than 500 people attended the event--which in fact was a trial run for a much larger fire festival in the fall of 2019--and some 14 fire spinners were on hand to dazzle the crowds.

Right now, Rossetti said. “We’re thinking of a lot of ways to make the event twice as good next year.”

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, for his part, had nothing but good things to say about Spark in the Park. “It was great. The way you had everything laid out, roped off. Yeah, it was great.”

Hooked on Art

Meanwhile, Ty Walker of Frontline Foundations Inc. appeared on Monday to express his appreciation to both the Park and Police departments for their assistance at the Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Fest in Thomas Park in September. “We had a great year and we appreciate the help.”

Walker also wanted to reserve the use of Thomas Park for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, but was referred to the Park Board.

“Thanks for looking ahead,” Ton said. “And thanks for all the work you do for this community. It’s much appreciated.”

Donnelly on Tree City USA

Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela took a moment to read a note from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., congratulating the town for its 22nd annual Tree City USA designation, awarded to Chesterton last April.


DeLaney took a moment at the end of the meeting to remind folks from roughly 3:45 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, there will be two road closures in the Downtown, as part of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Family Trick-or-Treat: Broadway between South Calumet Road and Third Street; and South Calumet Road between West Indiana Ave. and Wabash Ave. DeLaney noted that last year an estimated 1,000 folks attended the event.

DeLaney also reminded folks that trick-or-treat in the town at large is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.



Posted 10/24/2018




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