This season’s final
round of paving in the Town of Chesterton is set to begin early next week.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting
Roads to be paved:
(1050N) from Dickinson Road to 200E.
--200E south to
Drive and Mississinewa Road in the Morningside subdivision.
--And patching on
the south side of East Oakhill Road.
In other business,
Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela asked members to schedule a public hearing
on the 2020 advertised budget at their Oct. 14 meeting, and to be prepared
to adopt that advertised budget at their Oct. 28 meeting.
Kuziela did note
that employee health insurance costs have risen significantly more than the
5 percent originally projected: 7 percent for singles; 18 percent for
families. It’s unclear why those costs have spiked, and Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, called for a meeting of the Insurance Committee “to get to the
nuts-and-bolts of the increase.”
acceptable to me,” Ton said.
concurred. “It’s unacceptable in my opinion too,” he said.
Kuziela told the
Chesterton Tribune that those increases are eaten by the town and will
have no impact on municipal employees themselves.
CPD Fleet Request
voted unanimously to authorize Police Chief Dave Cincoski to purchase three
new Ford squad cars through the state’s Quantity Purchase Agreement program,
at a total cost of $110,259. That price does not include equipping the
vehicles with lights and other gear.
DeLaney, R-5th, the council’s liaison to the CPD, said that the Cumulative
Capital Development fund--used exclusively for the purchase of emergency
vehicles--has sufficient moneys for the aquisition.
Earlier in the
evening, Maura Durham, president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, gave
members a rundown of upcoming Chamber events in the Downtown:
to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Durham said that she will meet with Cincoski to
discuss the usual temporary road closures.
Celebration, Saturday, Nov. 30. A special edition of the European Market
will open at 9 a.m., with carriage rides beginning in the afternoon and the
annual Tree Lighting at 5 p.m., followed by the Twilight Christmas Parade.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Chamber’s parking lot.
request, members voted unanimously to declare surplus six office chairs at
the municipal complex, 1490 Broadway.
The old chairs have
been replaced and Kuziela has a buyer for them, who’s offering $25 to $40
reported that local U.S. Census 2020 representatives are now in the
neighborhoods, conducting address-canvassing to update address lists and
The reps will have
identification on them, Kuziela said.
Ton took a moment
at the end of the meeting to warn parents about the dangers of vaping.
illnesses and even deaths among our youth due to vaping pose a very serious
health problem,” Ton said. “Parents would be wise to be aware of what is in
their children’s backpacks, hidden in hoodies, or other ingenious places.
Nicotine is extremely addictive and detrimental to adolescents’ still
developing brain. Parents, please talk to your sons and daughters about the
dangers of vaping, especially the street products. Check out Tobacco
Education and Prevention on Porter County’s Facebook page for more
information. Youth vaping can cause illness or death and can happen
anywhere. Don’t think it isn’t happening in Chesterton.”