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Town Council appoints one of its own to Plan Commission

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After weeks of trying to persuade a municipal employee or an appointed or elected official to apply for a vacated seat on the Advisory Plan Commission, the Town Council finally received two letters of interest.

The first, from Lt. Steven Himan of the Fire Department.

The second, from Council Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to appoint Cobbs to the open seat.

Cobbs himself abstained from the vote.

“Having a council member at this time on the Plan Commission is advisable,” said President Jim Ton, R-1st.

Sidewalk Waivers Requested

In other business, members referred to staff for review a request from developer Brian Lewandoski for two waivers from the Town Standard requiring the installation of a sidewalk in front of all new construction.

The waivers would be for residential housing being constructed at 717 S. 16th Street and 1523 Park Ave.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said that a report on the request will be ready for the council at its next meeting, Dec. 11.

Personnel Policy Handbook Amended

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve amendments to the town’s Personnel Policy Handbook.

The amendments chiefly concern the use of social media by municipal employees.

Park Bids Rejected

Before the meeting, Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson told the Chesterton Tribune that two sets of bids received for the renovation of Waskom and Kipper parks were rejected by the Park Board earlier in the evening at a special meeting.

Both sets of bids came in higher than the engineering consultant’s estimate, Paulson said.

Staff will revisit the bid specs with a view to re-advertising early in the New Year.


Posted 11/14/2017




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