By KEVIN NEVERS
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.
Foundations is a substance abuse treatment provider for young adults based
in Chesterton, Hooked on Art--which features live street art, music,
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 year’s
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.
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
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,”
The 10th District
includes most of Chesterton, Porter, Burns Harbor, Portage, Ogden Dunes,
Dune Acres, and South Haven.