The owner of the old Quonset hut-style building at 563 Broadway has
indicated that he will have the structure demolished, to comply with an
order issued by the Building Department on June 17.
Interim Building Commissioner Mike Orlich told the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night that he has been in contact with the Quonset hut’s
owner, a Lake Station resident, and that the man has expressed his
willingness to raze the building at his own expense.
But, Orlich noted, he has had no further contact with the owner nor has the
owner provided a timeline for the structure’s demolition.
Orlich issued the vacate-and-remove order under the town’s Nuisance
Ordinance. Among other things, Orlich has told the Chesterton Tribune,
the building is unsecured and “wide open,” has been visited by vandals, and
makeshift skateboard ramps have been constructed inside. There are also
“electrical issues” and the “structural members are exposed to the weather.
The Army Air Corps surplus building was originally raised by the Wilbar
Manufacturing Company, sometime in the 1940s after World War II, for the
production of its “Kar-Visor”
2014 Budget Adopted
In other business, members voted 4-0 on first reading to adopt the
advertised 2014 budget, 4-0 to suspend the rules, then 4-0 to adopt the
budget on final reading. Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in
The advertised 2014 budget totals $15,869,385, or 5.5 percent less than the
advertised 2013 budget of $16,793,442.
Major line-item differences between the 2013 and the 2014 advertised
budgets: $1 million in 2014 for CEDIT, compared to $1.3 million in 2013; and
$12,768 for Major Moves-Toll Road Counties, compared to $119,579 in 2013.
The 2013 advertised budget also included a line-item for $800,000 in
proceeds from that year’s stormwater bond, while the 2014 advertised budget
The advertised 2014 General Fund: $5,969,068, or 5.9 percent more than the
$5,638,304 advertised in 2013.
Meanwhile, members voted 4-0 on first reading to approve a minor technical
amendment to the planned unit development ordinance for the Second Addition
of Coffee Creek Center, 4-0 to suspend the rules, then 4-0 to approve the
amendment on final reading.