Chesterton Tribune



Quonset hut owner may be amenable to demolition

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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” line, a metal sun visor which attached to an auto above the windshield. It was later used by Foss Auto and then J&L Body Shop, until its purchase in 1960 by the Westchester School Corporation--predecessor the DSC--for use as a school bus barn. It was briefly used for storage in the early 1990s by the Chesterton Street Department.

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 attendance.

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 does not.

The advertised 2014 General Fund: $5,969,068, or 5.9 percent more than the $5,638,304 advertised in 2013.

PUD Amended

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.

Earlier this year, a small sliver of property in the Second Addition was inadvertently included in the Third Addition--comprising the acreage purchased by Urschel Laboratories Inc.--and needed to be “carved out” of the Third Addition and returned to the Second Addition.


Posted 10/15/2013