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Town Council reups Chesterton compost site agreement with county

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The Chesterton Town Council has renewed its agreement with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County (RWRD) regarding their working relationship at the Crocker compost site.

Members voted unanimously at their meeting Monday to reup that agreement for 2021.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Town of Chesterton will continue to operate the compost facility and be responsible for all maintenance and operating expenses except for those specifically stipulated in the agreement.

Also: the Town of Chesterton agrees to comply with all composting regulations set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), while RWRD agrees to obtain and maintain registration of the facility pursuit to IDEM requirements. In addition, RWRD agrees to assist the town with certain composting operations, which may include the turning of organic soil, and expenses incurred with such assistance will be RWRD’s responsibility; and to provide up to $20,000 to the town for the grinding of stumps.

Finally, all acceptable organic materials and all finished compost and wood grindings become the town’s sole property.

Resilience Cohort Program

In other business, members voted unanimously to participate in Indiana University’s Resilience Cohort program, which will quantify all greenhouse gas emissions produced in the Town of Chesterton.

According to the Resilience Cohort Program’s webpage, “The Environmental Resilience Cohort program leads Indiana’s city, town, and county governments through the process of measuring, managing, and tracking their greenhouse gas emissions.” Once an inventory of community-scale greenhouse gas emissions is completed, the program assists the municipality in preparing a climate action plan to reduce those emissions.

Cost of the program: $200, plus an additional $600 if the assistance of an IU intern is required.

COVID-19 Return-to-Work Protocol

Meanwhile, Town Manager Bernie Doyle announced a return-to-work protocol for any municipal employees who may contract COVID-19.

Under that protocol, a negative test is not required to return to work. Instead, the employee must first quarantine for 10 work days. After 10 days--plus a two-day weekend--the employee may return to work if he or she has no symptoms and has not taken medication for the previous 24 hours.

In other words, the earliest an employee may return to work after contracting COVID-19 is 12 days.

CARES Act Reimbursements

Members voted unanimously to enact an ordinance creating a separate account into which to deposit any reimbursements for public safety expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those reimbursements would come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

SBA Audit

Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare reported that the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBA) has begun its biannual audit of the town’s finances, for the period 2018-19.

This year the entirety of the audit will be done virtually, Udvare said.



Posted 11/10/20




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