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Leaves now at curbside in town will be picked up this week

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Chesterton residents who’ve already raked their leaves to the curb can rest easy: their piles will be collected this week.

Residents who 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 this week.

Crews, however, 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.”


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to grant the petition of Benlew Enterprises for a vacation of an unimproved right-of-way: South 22nd Street immediately north of Westchester Ave.

Benlew Enterprises 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 opposition.

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.

Member Emerson 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.

The United 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 environmental regulations.

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.”

Meeting Schedule:

Here’s the 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.

Meanwhile, the Redevelopment Commission has canceled its regular December meeting for lack of business.



Posted 11/29/2016




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