The splash pad at
Chesterton Park remains closed to the public but it is being run
periodically, as the Park Department tests its systems.
Superintendent Shane Griffin reported at Monday night’s Town Council
vault--ejected from the ground in early in May under hydrostatic pressure by
the heavy rains--has been re-sunk, after being anchored to a 56,000-pound
concrete slab, and both plumbing and electric have been re-installed,
He was unable to
say, however, when the splash pad will be re-opened for public use. “But
it’s coming along.”
business--and in what was essentially a meeting comprised of updates--Town
Manager Bernie Doyle reported that he and Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell
met last week with Troy Clark, the owner of The Allure, destroyed by fire
early in the morning of June 3, about clearing the site.
“He’s still working
with his insurance company, so it’s still sitting there,” Doyle said.
Doyle noted that
Clark intends to rebuild the venue, and when plans for that project are
completed they’ll first need to be approved downstate by the Plan Review
section of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Division of Fire
and Building Safety.
Doyle also reported
that the new restaurant at 600 Gateway, the two-story eatery dubbed Abbiocco/Luna,
will open as soon as it receives its alcohol permit under the town’s
Riverfront District designation.
Doyle said that the
owner waited some time to apply for the license.
reported that the town is currently taking measures to prevent the town’s
being victimized by hackers as LaPorte County recently was, when it was
forced to pay $132,000 to regain control of its data.
undergoing additional training, Doyle said, and the town’s insurance agency,
Anton Insurance of Chesterton, is providing quotes on coverage.
RR Quiet Zone
Attorney Chuck Lukmann reported that he expects to receive responses in
August to the town’s recently issued request for proposals on a railroad
quiet zone engineering feasibility study.
Such a study is
expected to detail how exactly the Downtown’s five grade-crossings need to
be retrofitted before the Norfolk Southern agrees to designate the town a
quiet zone, and how much the retrofitting will cost.
Members did vote
unanimously on first reading to approve an ordinance mandated by a recently
enacted state law which requires municipalities to forbid their appointed
building commissioners from undertaking any duties “in which (they have) a
direct or indirect financial interest, including but not limited to a
situation where the Building Commissioner would review or approve his or her
own work performed for any person other than the town.”
that passage of this ordinance is required by Senate Enrolled Act 142 and
that conflict of interest is hardly an issue in the Chesterton Building
CFD Bay Apron
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell, for his part, sought and was given approval to obtain quotes for the
pouring of a new concrete apron in front of the Chesterton Fire Department’s
bay doors. The concrete apron will replace the current asphalt one.
Estimate cost, in
CEDIT moneys: $75,000 to $100,000.
The pour will be
done in phases, O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting,
but while the concrete is curing the CFD will enter and exit the bay through
its rear doors.
Park Impact Fee
Cobbs, R-4th, re-appointed the following to the Park Impact Fee Advisory
Committee, which will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25: former Park Board
member Vince Emanuele, current Park Board Member Paul Shinn, Town Engineer
Mark O’Dell, local real estate agent Paul Boyter, and Assistant Park
Superintendent Shane Griffin.
unanimously to release a $7,461.13 insurance payment to the Chesterton
Police Department to pay for body work to a squad car damaged recently by
The squad car is
being repaired by M&S Collision.