Merritt told the
Chesterton Tribune last week that he was “barely” aware of the ballyhoo
in Northwest Indiana over Pavilion Partners LLC’s failed bid for a three-way
permit at its restaurant and banquet center at Dunes State Park and said, on
the contrary, that his intent is merely to simplify economic development at
the DNR facility in his own district, Fort Harrison State Park.
without ever referring to Merritt by name, suggested that the senator was
being disingenuous. “I don’t buy the rationale as stated in the papers,” he
said. “I’m not fooled by the manipulation I read about.”
SB 188 is a
“travesty against voters,” Ton continued. “If the bill passes, citizens in
the region would be denied their right to say No to alcohol at Indiana Dunes
In other business,
members voted 5-0 to enter into a interlocal agreement with the
municipalities traversed by the Prairie-Duneland Trail, under which the town
will provide $2,000 toward the cost of installing uniform signage along the
entire length of the trail.
As Ton noted, the
Prairie-Duneland Trail is an officially designated leg of the U.S. Bicycle
Route System and part of the USBRS trail between Illinois and Michigan. “The
signage is so folks know where they are on the trail as they pass through
Northwest Indiana,” he said.
signatories of the interlocal agreement, coordinated by the Northwestern
Indiana Regional Planning Commission: Porter, Portage, Crown Point,
Griffith, Schererville, Highland, and Merrillville.
conducted some routine beginning-of-the-year business: