The intersection of
Broadway and Jackson Blvd.--at which motorists east- and westbound have no
stop sign but those north- and southbound on Jackson Blvd. do--has been the
site of many accidents over the years, caused typically by motorists who
assume that it’s a four-way stop.
In a perfect world
it probably would be. But the Town of Chesterton isn’t authorized to make it
one unless certain “warrants” for a four-way stop exist per the Indiana
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
There are three
* Five or more
reported crashes in a 12-month period that are susceptible to correction by
a multi-way stop.
* Vehicle volume
entering the intersection from the major street approaches--Broadway--
averages at least 300 vehicles per hour for any eight hours of an average
* And the combined
vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle volume entering the intersection from the
minor street approaches--North and South Jackson Blvd.--averages at least
200 units per hour for the same eight hours, with an average delay to
minor-street volume of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest
Other criteria may
also be considered:
* The need to
control left-turn conflicts.
* The need to
control vehicle/pedestrian conflicts near locations that generate high
* Locations where a
road user, after stopping, cannot see conflicting traffic and is not able to
negotiate the intersection unless conflicting cross traffic is also required
As Police Chief
Dave Cincoski noted last week at the Police Commission’s meeting, the CPD
has run a traffic study at the intersection of Broadway and Jackson Blvd.
every two years for some time. But so far there’s been no warrant to make it
a four-way stop.
But, prompted by a
letter from resident Erin Findley-Sykes, Cincoski asked the commission for
permission to conduct another one, after Findley-Sykes said that she’s
observed at least 15 accidents at the intersection since 2006.
that the pedestrian crossing at that intersection leads to the Prairie
Duneland Trail and that she’s witnessed “many near misses with cars versus
voted unanimously to approve a new traffic study.
New Hires to
In other business,
Cincoski announced that new hires Alexias DeJesus and Kaitlin Bruning are
set to graduate from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on May 4.
DeJesus and Bruning
were hired in the spring of 2017 and have completed their field training.
voted 3-0 to authorize Cincoski to request permission from the Town Council
to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant for the purchase of
The DOJ grants
generally pay for half the cost of a vest. The grant is not considered a
50/50 match, however, because the CPD has to replace a certain number of
vests every year grant or not.
Re: The Raises
Member Pete Duda
took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to the Town
Council for finding the ways and means to raise the salaries of police
officers and firefighters to a more equitable level. “Congratulations to
them and to the council for getting that taken care of,” he said. “I was
very pleased to see that happen.”
Member Mike Orlich
concurred. “It was a long time coming,” he said. “It should have happened a
long time ago. Hopefully, it will keep going. All town employees are well
March in Review
In March the CPD
responded to 664 calls (594 in February), filed 64 cases (57), issued 64
citations and 50 warnings (42 and 27), and investigated 35 accidents with
seven Injuries (36 accidents with seven injuries).
Calls for service
in March included 87 suspicious persons or vehicles (89 in February), six
thefts (three), 32 alarms (40), six incidents of vandalism (two), one
overdose (four), one train complaint (zero), four animal complaints (non),
195 traffic stops (116), 17 wellbeing checks (eight), two reports of battery
(three), one burglary (zero), 30 disturbances (22), 10 reports of fraud
(nine), one report of a sexual assault (zero), and one runaway (one).