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.
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.
acceptable organic materials and all finished compost and wood grindings
become the town’s sole property.
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
Manager Bernie Doyle announced a return-to-work protocol for any municipal
employees who may contract COVID-19.
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
unanimously to enact an ordinance creating a separate account into which to
deposit any reimbursements for public safety expenses related to the
reimbursements would come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security (CARES) Act.
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.