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
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
“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
“I support this
contract,” Fire Chief John Jarka said.
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.
into the fund may be used for the purchase of equipment and other materials.
unanimously as well to renew the town’s compost agreement with the Porter
County Recycling & Waste Reduction District (PCRWRD).
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
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
unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to begin the process of
ordering three new vehicles for the CPD fleet.
members that he will soon provide them with more specific information on
vehicle models and costs.
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
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.
voted unanimously to approve the 2019 Holiday Schedule:
* Tuesday, Jan. 1:
New Year’s Day.
* Monday, Feb. 18:
* Friday, April 19:
* Monday, May 27:
* Thursday, July 4:
* Monday, Sept. 2:
* Monday, Nov. 11:
* Thursday, Nov.
* Friday, Nov. 29:
The day after Thanksgiving.
* Tuesday, Dec. 24:
* Wednesday, Dec.
25: Christmas Day.
government offices will be closed on these days.