Chesterton has once
again topped Valparaiso, this time in the list of the “10 Best Places to
Raise a Family in Indiana.”
The list, compiled
by HomeSnacks.net, was touted at Monday night’s Chesterton Town Council
meeting by Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th.
According to its
website, HomeSnacks compiles recent data from a variety of sources--the U.S.
Census Bureau, the FBI, and OpenStreetMaps, among them--to number-crunch
“bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in
different communities across the country.”
On the topic of “10
Best Places to Raise a Family in Indiana,” HomeSnacks says the following
about the fact that fewer families in the U.S. are opting to move: “Why is
that? Perhaps it has to do with the safety net factor. We get comfortable
where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are
bad? What if it’s dangerous? Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you
choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep
And the No. 1 Best
Place in Indiana to Raise a Family is . . . Chesterton.
Crawfordsville; Carmel; Franklin; Jeffersonville; Noblesville; Plymouth;
Westfield; and Crown Point.
calculates a Best Place to Raise a Family quotient by rating eight different
categories. Chesterton’s score: jobs, 8 out of 10; affordability, 8.5;
safety, 9; education, 8.5; housing, 8; diversity, 6; amenities, 8.5; and
“I think this says
a lot about what we do in this community,” DeLaney said. “We’ve been
In other business,
members voted unanimously to endorse in principle a request by Ambassador
Girl Scout Angelique Berg to place a “Blessing Box” in front of the
Chesterton Police station.
Blessing boxes are
micro-pantries where folks can leave donations 24/7 of non-perishable food
items and toiletries for those in need. In a letter to the council, Berg
said that she would build the structure’s cabinets, then move it to a site
in front of the CPD. Berg is pursuing the project as part of her Gold Award,
the highest rank in Girl Scouting, and added that she’s chosen this project
because “I know several classmates who are only able to eat because of the
school’s free lunches.”
Berg’s request to staff and emphasized that in doing so they were not giving
the project their approval, as Town Engineer Mark O’Dell indicated that he
would need to carefully review the project specs. Member Jim Ton, R-1st,
did, however, want Berg to know that, on paper, in theory, members like her
idea very much.
Member Dane Lafata,
D-3rd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to warn residents, seniors in
particular, not to be victimized by scammers taking advantage of the recent
partial government shutdown.
scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents have been cold-calling
folks and--citing a backlog caused by the shutdown--ordering them to make
immediate payments of their taxes.
As Lafata noted,
the IRS does not demand immediate payment and does not threaten citizens
with local law enforcement, and Lafata strongly urged residents to warn
their family members not to be intimidated.