It’s like a food
truck, only it’s clothing and accessories.
It’s the Luxe
Wagon, a 20-foot potato chip truck converted by Dot Kesling and Paige
Fessenden, and it may be coming to a neighborhood near you, to purvey on the
fly its line of women’s fashion and home apothecary goods.
before the Chesterton Town Council at its meeting Monday night, hoping to be
issued a peddler’s license.
In fact, Town
Attorney Chuck Lukmann said, it’s unclear exactly what sort of permitting
might be required for the Luxe Wagon, whether a lot or a little or none at
all. The first order of business, accordingly, is a detailed account of how
Luxe Wagon would operate in the Town of Chesterton: where would it park? how
often? what would its hours of business be?
Kesling did say
that she and her partner tried to get a spot at the European Market but were
told that, at present, there are enough women’s clothing and jewelry
merchants selling there.
Ordinarily a person
applies for a peddler’s license through the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office and the
Police Department, and Lukmann advised Kesling to begin there. He would then
consult with Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela and Police Chief Dave
Cincoski, after receiving a more detailed description of the business.
DeLaney, R-5th, did note that brick-and-mortar businesses do tend to
complain about mobile merchandising, on the ground that the playing field
isn’t level because food trucks, for instance, don’t pay property taxes.
“A lot of
businesses pay rent but not property taxes,” Kesling replied. “And we will
be paying rent to owners of property” on which the Luxe Wagon sets up shop.
“It’s a little bit
different business model,” added Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd. “And I’m not
opposed to it. But we need to do everything by the book.”
Lease of Town
In other business,
Lukmann reported to the council that a telecommunications firm is interested
in leasing municipal property at the old Street Department site on Grant
Ave. for the purpose of erecting a cell tower.
Such a deal would
provide the town with a new source of revenue, Lukmann said, but the
feasibility and safety of a tower on the property need to be investigated.
The company--which he didn’t name
Members voted 5-0
to greenlight that study.
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the Indiana Department of Transportation
has approved American Structurepoint to engineer Phase II of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail, which will extend the sidewalk on the north side
of 1100N from Rosehill Estates to Fifth Street.
Last year the town
was awarded a grant of $405,834 in Transportation Alternatives Program
funding from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. O’Dell
has estimated the total cost of Phase II at $862,500, and the $405,834 grant
may be used for any component of the project, from engineering to
construction. INDOT will be administering the funding itself.
Right now, O’Dell
said, the town is negotiating an engineering contract with American
O’Dell also told
the council that the upgrade of the traffic signal at Indian Boundary Road
and North Calumet Road is on track for a July letting. INDOT is also
administering this project, which is being partially funded by an 80/20
grant of $223,578.
Ind. 49 Utility
told the council that the winter punch list for the Ind. 49 utility corridor
has been completed and that the general contractor, LGS Plumbing of Crown
Point, has a spring punch list, a very short one, left to do.
The lift station’s
pumps and generator are all operational, O’Dell said, and the corridor
itself is now capable of being commercially developed. “We’re shovel ready
on that one.”