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Town Council considers a ban on parking vehicles in front yards

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David Hartford, a resident of South Second Street, thinks it’s a little low-rent: folks’ parking their cars or campers or boats in their front yard.

It’s the sort of thing that gives a neighborhood a reputation, Hartford told the Chesterton Town Council at its meeting Monday night. And it’s the sort of thing that lowers property values. Other municipalities have ordinances specifically forbidding yard-parking, he said. Why not the Town of Chesterton?

Why not?

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, who’s been in previous communication with Hartford about the issue, expressed support for such an ordinance, in principle. “I see where he’s coming from,” DeLaney said. “By the same token we need to be very diligent about how we approach this issue.”

Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, agreed. An ordinance could be enacted, he suggested, which requires vehicles to be parked on paved surfaces or else on dedicated gravel areas.

Police Chief Dave Cincoski said he’d be happy to broach the subject at the next Police Commission meeting, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, and to work with Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann in the drafting of an ordinance.

CFD Surplus Items

In other business, and at Fire Chief John Jarka’s request, members voted 5-0 to declare as surplus 11 sets of bunker gear and the CFD’s old 1992 rescue truck.

The declaration is the first step either in selling the gear at auction or arranging for its transfer to another fire department.

Although the CFD has officially retired the bunker gear--some of it’s 15 years old or more, and the National Fire Protection Agency recommends taking bunker gear out of service after 10 years--there are departments which actually don’t have enough bunker gear to outfit all of their firefighters, Jarka said.

The rescue truck, on the other hand, was originally acquired to carry rescue tools and has neither a hose- nor a water-carrying capability, while the new engine presently being manufactured for the CFD has a specifically designated “rescue body” with sufficient compartment space for tools.

2016 Compost Agreement

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to renew the annual compost site working agreement between the Town of Chesterton and the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County (RWRD).

Under that agreement, the town assumes all costs of maintaining and operating the compost site, located on municipal property located immediately south of the Prairie Duneland Trail and immediately east of Ind. 149 in Crocker.

The RWRD, for its part, agrees to obtain and maintain registration of the compost site pursuant to the requirements of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, as well as to assist the town with composting operations, which may include the turning of organic material. Any expenses incurred by the RWRD in providing such assistance are the RWRD’s responsibility, according to the agreement.



Posted 3/29/2016




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