There shall be
goats at the European Market.
Angora goats, three of them, at Three Moons Fiberworks, 402 Broadway in
Downtown Chesterton, from around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on European Market
At its meeting
Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to permit
Rebecca Riley-Vargas, owner of Three Moons, to keep the trio of Angoras in a
pen on the east side of the building for those four hours or so only.
The purpose of the
goats: to demonstrate to Market goers where the wool used in her studio by
fabric artists actually comes from. “We want to be able to show what raw
wool looks like when it’s still on the hoof,” Riley-Vargas said.
She added that
multiple groups have expressed an interest in shearing demonstrations as
assurances that the goats wouldn’t be housed on site, assurances which
Riley-Vargas was happy to provide. In fact, the goat may not be at every
European Market either, she said. “In rain or heat they won’t be there. It’s
really a limited subset of days that they would be there.”
DeLaney, R-5th, who happened upon the goats on Friday, while Riley-Vargas
was testing their pen, noticed that a walking field trip from the Chesterton
Montessori School was enjoying them very much. “I think its a good teaching
thing in that respect,” he said.
voted to grant Riley-Vargas a waiver from the Town Code ban on farm animals,
good only for Saturdays and good only through the end of the European Market
In other business,
members heard from two residents who voiced their opposition to a proposed
Dollar General at the old Lipinski Automotive at 1300 Broadway. Tom Lipinski
has petitioned the Advisory Plan Commission for a re-zone of the property
from I-1 to B-3 to permit the development of a Dollar General on the east
side of the property. The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, on Lipinski’s petition.
Kim Goldak, reading
from a prepared statement, objected to a Dollar General on numerous grounds.
“I don’t believe that we should allow a Dollar store to open on the west end
of town. If you read the marketing plan of the Dollar stores, they
strategically set up multiple stores in low-income areas, effectively
keeping out other grocery/mom-and-pop stores/incubators. They do not offer
fresh food, yet they feed more people than Whole Foods, nor are their prices
as low as people think. The wages paid are typically low, and the staff
“Would the town get
some tax dollars?” Goldak added. “Of course, but at what expense? I think if
we put our thinking caps on, we could improve the lives of the people living
on the west end of town. Otherwise, it’s like saying ‘That part of town
doesn’t matter, we gave up on you.’”
Ann Macker, who
lives about a block away from the property, urged the town to conduct a
community neighborhood impact study before approving the re-zone for the
“Look at property
values,” Macker suggested, crime, noise, safety, traffic, and rental
No CPD Notification
Marx registered this complaint from the floor: it wasn’t until some 12 hours
after the manhunt in Westchester and Pine townships for a person of interest
in a shooting on Ind. 49, in the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 29, that the
Chesterton Police Department posted a notification on its Facebook page
regarding the fugitive.
disgruntled,” Marx said. “My first concern is that my daughter works at the
State Park. Well over 12 hours had expired and there was no notification.”
Police Chief Dave Cincoski to look into the matter, but DeLaney, for his
part, said that he saw on Facebook--he wasn’t sure whose page it was on--a
notification only 45 minutes after the shooting and “while it was still an
DeLaney urged Marx
to bring the matter to the Police Commission when it meets at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12.