The developer of a
new restaurant on Broadway has the Chesterton Town Council’s official
blessing to apply for a three-way permit from the Indiana Alcohol and
Tobacco Commission under a riverfront-designation.
At their meeting
Monday night members voted unanimously to endorse Jack Saylor’s application
to IATC for his “Fuel” eatery, which he plans to put in the old tanning
salon at 420 Broadway.
Fuel would be the
latest restaurant to secure an alcohol permit in the town’s riverfront
district, which extends 3,000 feet on either side of Coffee Creek from the
Downtown to the Indiana Toll Road. Within the boundaries of a riverfront
district, a dining establishment may obtain an alcohol permit exempt from
any local quotas. The Octave Grill at 105 S. Calumet Road was the first
restaurant in town to avail itself of the riverfront designation. Others
include Villa Nova Pizzeria & Bistro at 213 Broadway and Ivy’s Bohemia House
at 321 Broadway.
Fuel will be a
50-seat farm-to-table restaurant with a classic cinema theme which
specializes in locally sourced food, Town Manager Bernie Doyle told the
council. “They grow their own beef and vegetables,” he said.
In other business,
Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club
has expressed an interest in donating money to the Police Department toward
the cost of a drone.
Doyle said that
Police Chief Dave Cincoski, for his part, would like to add a drone to the
CPD’s resources, and that he and Cincoski will work with Rotary.
request, members also voted unanimously to approve a one-time expenditure of
$8,240.93 in CEDIT funds for the purchase of a new server from GGNet
Technologies and a monthly payment of $293.20 for backup and endpoint
agreed by consensus to take under advisement a petition from Jeffery and
Debbie Bachman for an extension of 10th Street south from its current
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune that the Bachmans own a buildable
but at the moment inaccessible parcel located south of the 10th Street
dead-end and southwest of the South Park Acres subdivision.
Should the Bachmans
wish--at their own expense--to extend 10th Street south to make their parcel
accessible, they would be required to comply with Town Standards pertaining
to minimum pavement design. They would also be required to build the
extension within the platted right-of-way and to a minimum width of 18 feet.
The council, for
its part, would waive Town Standards requiring the construction of a
sidewalk and curbs and gutters. Neither sidewalks nor curbs and gutters were
ever installed along this stretch of 10th Street.
Members also voted
unanimously to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela to issue a manual
check to Anton Insurance Agency in the amount of $292,796.42 to cover all of
the town’s insurance policies--with the exception of employee health
include liability, auto, workman’s compensation, blanket crime, and the
bonds for employees who handle money.
2018 Chamber Events
in the Downtown
Earlier in the
meeting Maura Durham, president of the Chamber of Commerce, presented to the
council a list of events which the Chamber is planning to hold in the
Downtown in 2018.
Durham noted that
she will appear formally before the Park Board at its next meeting, Feb. 5,
to request permission for use of Thomas Centennial Park for these events.
The list: Corkscrew
& Brew, March 17; European Market, Saturdays from May through October; Party
in the Park, Aug. 4; Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Oct. 26; Pumpkin Palooza, Oct.
27; Hometown Holiday Celebration, Nov. 24; and Mistletoe Market, Dec. 1.
Durham noted that
she is not requesting any “structural or logistical changes” in the
Chamber’s previous use agreements with the town.