In other business,
members voted unanimously, at Police Chief Dave Cincoski’s recommendation,
to award the contract for equipping this year’s acquisition of three new
squad cars to the lowest responsive and responsible quoter, Emergency
Vehicle Technologies of Mokena, Ill. EVT’s quote: $46,059.65, just a tad
lower than the $46,098.11 quote submitted by Bartronics Inc. of Chesterton.
Attorney Julie Paulson noted that Indiana Code does not permit “local
preferences” in the awarding of municipal material-purchase contracts.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members approved a
request from the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to place banners promoting
three Chamber events this year: Corkscrew & Brew, Party in the Park, and the
Hometown Holiday Celebration.
The banners will be
installed at ground level at two locations--at the intersection of North
Calumet Road and Indian Boundary Road and on East Porter Ave.--two weeks in
advance of each event.
Members also voted
unanimously to enter into a pre-annexation agreement with Pete Ballesteros,
who resides in unincorporated Westchester Township, on the north side of
East Porter Ave. immediately east of Sand Creek.
Annexation by the
town was a condition of receiving sanitary sewer service from the Chesterton
Utility, Ballesteros’ attorney, Greg Babcock, said.
agreement is only the first step in the process, Babcock noted, and will be
followed by the preparation of a fiscal plan.
Town Manager Bernie
Doyle reported that, beginning on May 17, the Northern Indiana Public
Service Company is scheduled to begin replacing 343 high-pressure sodium
streetlights in town with LED lights.
The LEDs will burn
much more efficiently and cheaply than the sodium streetlights, and their
light is more nearly white, not the sick orange of the sodiums.