Council President Jim Ton, R-1st, has taken a first step in the
revitalization of the Downtown business district.
At the council’s
meeting Monday night, Ton officially appointed Richard Riley--owner of
Riley’s Railhouse at 123 N. Fourth Street--to a seat on the long dormant
Chesterton Economic Development Corporation (CEDC).
The CEDC was
incorporated in 2006 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation for the
express purpose of using tax abatement receipts to leverage grants moneys
which could be used to invest in the economic development of the Downtown.
It has rarely met, however.
The CEDC’s bylaws
provide for a Board of Directors which includes the town’s Planning
Director--a position currently vacant--the Town Manager, the Town Engineer,
the Clerk-Treasurer, and a presidential appointment. The latter is Ton’s to
make and on Monday he named Riley, who he said has agreed to serve on the
“I am asking the
council to join me in support of the CEDC,” Ton said. “I believe these are
important steps forward in the revitalization of the Chesterton business
Kittredge, R-2nd, for his part thought it a smart move. “It’s great to have
something like this to regenerate the Downtown,” he said.