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Jim Ton reports fruitful talks between developer Primrose Circle neighbors

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He didn’t get into the specifics of it, but at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, was pleased to report that progress was being made in talks between John Nekus, who’s seeking to build a planned unit development behind the Post Office, and Westchester South and Richter Street neighbors.

The latter vociferously remonstrated against Nekus’ plan of development at a public hearing before the Advisory Plan Commission on Thursday, Dec. 20. That plan calls for 62 duplexes and three single-family homes on 11.28 acres, the density of which in particular a roomful of people at the public hearing objected to.

“There’s been a lot of growth, a lot of opening,” Ton said on Wednesday. “I know that to be a fact. I’ve talked to people on Primrose Circle.”

The Plan Commission voted to continue the hearing to its next meeting, Jan. 17.

Local 4600 Contract

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve the 2019 contract of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4600--representing the town’s career firefighters--after Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann reported that he and CFD Liaison Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, had a “successful” meet-and-confer with Local 4600.

“I support this contract,” Fire Chief John Jarka said.

Hazmat Cleanup Ordinance

Members also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance which formally establishes a fund in which to deposit the cleanup fees which the CFD charges firms or persons responsible for hazardous-material spills.

Moneys deposited into the fund may be used for the purchase of equipment and other materials.

Compost Agreement

Members voted unanimously as well to renew the town’s compost agreement with the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction District (PCRWRD).

The town’s composting site is located on municipal property in Crocker but the PCRWRD assists Chesterton with operations, which may include the turning of organic material, as well as registers on the town’s behalf the facility with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

In addition, the PCRWRD supplements the town’s cost of stump and limb grinding up to $20,000 annually.

Fee Waiver

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to waive the building permit fee for the installation of an observation tower at the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, west of South 11th Street directly across from the rear entrance to the Westchester Intermediate School.

Fleet Purchase

Members voted unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to begin the process of ordering three new vehicles for the CPD fleet.

Cincoski told members that he will soon provide them with more specific information on vehicle models and costs.

Insurance Renewal

Members voted unanimously to renew its property/liability/workman’s comp insurance package, at an increase of 3.56 percent, on the recommendation of the town’s insurance agent, Anton Insurance Agency of Chesterton.

Jim Anton cited increased exposure and higher property values by way of explaining the increase.

He added that it’s “fair to say” that the 3.56 percent hike is on the “lower end” of industry-wide municipal insurance rate increases.

2019 Holiday Schedule

Finally, members voted unanimously to approve the 2019 Holiday Schedule:

* Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day.

* Monday, Feb. 18: Presidents Day.

* Friday, April 19: Good Friday.

* Monday, May 27: Memorial Day.

* Thursday, July 4: Independence Day.

* Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day.

* Monday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

* Thursday, Nov. 28: Thanksgiving.

* Friday, Nov. 29: The day after Thanksgiving.

* Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve.

* Wednesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day.

All municipal government offices will be closed on these days.



Posted 12/28/2018





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