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Town Council approves contract with Frontline for 2014 Hooked on Art fest

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Hooked on Art, the 2014 edition, appears to be a go.

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted 4-0 to approve an agreement with Frontline Foundations Inc. governing this year’s Hooked on Art festival in Thomas Centennial Park, on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27.

Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, was not in attendance.

Frontline Foundations is a substance abuse treatment provider for young adults based in Chesterton, Hooked on Art--which features live street art, music, childrens activities, and vendors--is one of the organization’s two main annual fundraisers.

Among other things, the document grants to Frontline exclusive use of Thomas Centennial Park and the bandstand from 5 p.m. Sept. 26, to 5 p.m., Sept. 27. On that Saturday, Hooked on Art will be sharing the Downtown with both the European Market and Chesterton Cruise Night. The contract also forbids any entrance fees to the festival, establishes minimum $1 million per incident liability coverage, and includes hold-harmless language.

In addition, the town reserves the right to approve all concession booths, charges Frontline a $25 fee for each vendor space, and requires a $500 deposit in the event of damages sustained to municipal property by or during the festival.

Frontline must also arrange and pay for refuse disposal and may, if it elects, request CPD officers to provide security, for which it is to reimburse the CPD “in the amount Chesterton actually pays its police officers for the time spent.”


In other business, members voted 4-0 to approve a contract with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, under which NIRPC will provide a regional media and advertising program aimed at educating residents about the MS4, or Municipal Separate Storm Water System, program, part of which requires a public outreach component.

The town will pay NIRPC $3,974--an increase of $52 over last years amount--for providing those services.

The MS4 program is mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Its goal: to monitor and regulate all aspects of stormwater runoff in a community.


Members also voted 4-0 to approve a resolution under which the town will pick up the costs associated with department heads’ annual membership dues to the professional organizations to which they belong.

Bullet: Dodged

Meanwhile, Utility Superintendent Terry Atherton reported that the Utility dodged a big old bullet last week, when the wastewater treatment plant escaped unscathed the double whammy of thaw and heavy rain.

“We flowed at an 8 million gallon per day rate with no problems whatsoever,” Atherton said. “We dodged a bullet, with all that rain.”

Running for State Rep

Earlier in the evening, John Johnston, Liberty Township resident and Republican candidate for the 10th District seat in the State House of Representatives--currently held by Democrat Chuck Moseley of Portage--presented himself to the council from the floor.

“I just wanted you to know that you have someone from the area trying to represent you,” Johnston said.

The 10th District includes most of Chesterton, Porter, Burns Harbor, Portage, Ogden Dunes, Dune Acres, and South Haven.



Posted 2/26/2014