The Chesterton Street Department had been planning to collect leaves
and brush last week as part of the annual Spring Cleanup program.
Only it pretty much rained the whole time.
So Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg will be dispatching his leaf vacs
this week. “We’ll continue with that as weather permits,” he told the
Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
Brush collection, on the other hand, is more or less an ongoing effort
throughout the summer.
Residents are asked to separate leaf piles from brush piles and leave both
Ponying Up for
In other business—and at the request of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of
Commerce—members voted 5-0 to rent a portable public restroom facility for
this season’s run of the European Market.
The price of a single portable facility: $112 every 28 days.
Tiffany Bley, the European Market’s marketing director, said that the Parks
and Recreation Department has already agreed to rent a second facility,
while the Chamber itself will rent a third starting Memorial Day weekend.
Ponying Up for
a Study of
Members also voted 5-0 to make a contribution of $500 toward the cost of a
demographic study of homelessness in Porter County, to be conducted by
The total cost of the study: $35,000, contributions to which have already
been made by the Porter County Community Foundation, the cities of Portage
and Valparaiso, Housing Opportunities, and Porter-Starke Services.
Earlier this year, Caroline Shook of Housing Opportunities told the council
that, on any given night, some 218 persons and families have nowhere to
sleep, while over 1,000 “barely housed” are “couch surfing,” moving from one
friend’s or relative’s residence to another’s.
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Mike Orlich invited folks to a child car-seat clinic
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Chesterton Fire station,
hosted by the CFD and the Chesterton Police Department.
Firefighters and police officer certified in car-seat installation will
install the seats for you or ensure that they’ve already been properly
Orlich reported as well that the CFD has completed this year’s Chesterton
Middle School CPR training program, in which 423 eight-graders were taught
how to perform the procedure.
“It went really well,” Orlich said. “The students did a very good job.”
This was either the 15th or 16th year of the CMS CPR program.
Orlich reported too that 78 of 94 full-time municipal employees have also
received CPR training.
Utility Superintendent Rob Lovell told the council that interviews for all
open positions should be done by Wednesday. Lovell said that he’s hopeful
that the hires can be made by May 9.