The Chesterton Town Council has greenlighted in principle the Town of
Porter’s plan to construct 286 feet of eight-foot sidewalk—about 4 percent
of the length of the Orchard Pedestrian Way—along Chesterton public
right-of-way, located on the west side of Waverly Road in the area of
Members instructed Porter Town Engineer Matt Kaiser at their meeting Monday
night to prepare an interlocal agreement and submit it to Chesterton Town
Attorney Chuck Lukmann for review, after staff agreed that several concerns
raised by a Chesterton resident who lives in the neighborhood have been
Under that interlocal agreement, the Town of Porter would maintain that
portion of the sidewalk located in the Town of Chesterton, until such time
as Chesterton extends it and links it with the Dunes-Kankakee Trail,
projected to run through the Chesterton Downtown. “That seems like a
reasonable way to handle it,” Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell noted.
In related business, members voted 5-0 to make $2,500 in CEDIT funds
available to retain a consultant to prepare an application for a grant
which, if awarded, would defray part of the cost of engineering the Town of
Chesterton’s portion of the Dunes-Kankakee Trail, which when completed will
extend all the way from Indiana Dunes State Park to the Kankakee River in
the area of Hebron.
In other business, members voted 5-0 to accept the proposal of
health-insurance carrier American International Insurance, after being
informed that its current carrier—reacting to what agent Mike Anton
characterized as the town’s “over-heated experience”—jacked its rate for
2011 by 225 percent.
The rate quoted by American International, Anton said, provides for only a
6-percent increase. “Six percent is very favorable, even without the
experience issue,” Anton said.
Members then voted 5-0 to initiate a wellness-program, under which all
municipal employees will contribute $25 per month, with the opportunity to
earn back up to $250 of their $300 annual contribution by participating in
wellness lunches on topics such as smoking cessation, nutrition, stress
management, and work safety.