residents who’ve already raked their leaves to the curb can rest easy: their
piles will be collected this week.
haven’t better hurry up and rake: this season’s leaf program is set to end
on Friday, Dec. 2.
That’s the word
from Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, who told the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night that leaf crews will make one final pass through town
will not be following any scheduled route but just going “from road
to road,” Schnadenberg said.
“Leaves fell about
two weeks late this year,” he noted. “And there’s still a demand out there.
If the leaves are out there now, we’re going to get them.”
In other business,
and on Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members agreed to place a moratorium
on the hanging of promotional banners across Indian Boundary Road and
Broadway, after Schnadenberg reported that the banners have proved to be
safety hazards in high winds.
On two occasions,
Schnadenberg said, his men have had to remove banners after 45 to 50 mile
per hour gusts whipped them from their mountings on light poles and left
them in the roadway. At least one of the banners was “totally ruined.”
“It’s just not
safe,” Schnadenberg said. “It’s a good idea. They look good. But it’s hard
to keep them up in bad weather. I just think we need to re-look at that
idea. It’s become a safety concern.”
voted unanimously to grant the petition of Benlew Enterprises for a vacation
of an unimproved right-of-way: South 22nd Street immediately north of
wants to build a duplex at 2190 Westchester Ave. and to use the vacated
portion of South 22nd Street to access the property.
At a public hearing
which preceded the vote, no one spoke in favor of the petition and no one in
Easton Park PUD
Members also voted
unanimously to amend the planned unit development governing Easton Park, the
large subdivision being built on 130 acres on the east side of 250E at the
eastern terminus of East Porter Ave.
The purpose of the
amendment: to allow for the overhang of the houses’ eaves into the lots’
setbacks. The houses will still be separated by a buffer of 10 feet.
The Advisory Plan
Commission previously endorsed the amendment by unanimous vote.
Earlier in the
evening, Mark Strudas from the floor attempted to hold members’ feet to the
fire, after they took under advisement at their last meeting a request by a
local businessman to take a formal position against the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP). “We didn’t get a direct yes or no,” Strudas noted.
“I for one am still
studying it,” replied Member Jim Ton, R-1st.
DeLaney, R-5th, agreed with Ton. “We’ve taken it under advisement.”
Members were unable
to say whether they will and when they might revisit the issue.
A majority of the
towns and cities of Lake County have already adopted resolutions opposing
the TPP, Strudas said.
Steelworkers is leading the charge in Northwest Indiana against the TPP, on
the grounds that the 12-nation pact would lead to the loss of jobs in the
manufacturing sector and short-circuit the nation’s heath, labor, and
Fox Chase Farms
Ton took a moment
at the end of the meeting to concur with Utility Service Board President
Larry Brandt, who at the Service Board’s meeting last week called the Fox
Chase Farms sewer project one of the utility’s finest.
“It was a very good
project,” Ton said on Monday. “We got 100-percent buy-in and compliance and
that’s the way we like it.”
Chesterton Town Council’s meeting scheduled for December.
The council will
hold its first regular meeting of the month on its regular day and regular
time, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
It will hold a
special meeting--to interview candidates for open board seats--earlier that
evening, at 5:30 p.m.
Its second regular
meeting of the month, however, falls on a municipal holiday, Monday, Dec.
26, the day after Christmas.
The council will
accordingly meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, in what will likely be a short
session: just long enough to approve claims.
Redevelopment Commission has canceled its regular December meeting
for lack of business.