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?
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.”
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
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.
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).
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.