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Last round of Chesterton paving to begin next week

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This season’s final round of paving in the Town of Chesterton is set to begin early next week.

So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

Roads to be paved:

--Sidewalk Road (1050N) from Dickinson Road to 200E.

--200E south to Harrington Ave.

--Coffee Creek Drive and Mississinewa Road in the Morningside subdivision.

--And patching on the south side of East Oakhill Road.

2020 Budget

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.”

“That’s not acceptable to me,” Ton said.

Schnadenberg 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

Meanwhile, members 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.

Member Emerson 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.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Earlier in the evening, Maura Durham, president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, gave members a rundown of upcoming Chamber events in the Downtown:

--Trick-or-Treat, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Durham said that she will meet with Cincoski to discuss the usual temporary road closures.

--Hometown Holiday 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.

--Mistletoe Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Chamber’s parking lot.

Declared Surplus

At Kuziela’s 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 for each.

Census Work

Kuziela also reported that local U.S. Census 2020 representatives are now in the neighborhoods, conducting address-canvassing to update address lists and maps.

The reps will have identification on them, Kuziela said.

On Vaping

Ton took a moment at the end of the meeting to warn parents about the dangers of vaping.

“Increasing serious 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.”




Posted 9/24/2019




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