The Chesterton Town Council Zoomed its
regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, as members, department heads, and
the press all conference-called from their living, dining, and rec rooms.
All five council members and all department
heads or their executives were in attendance.
There were only two items of business:
--Members voted unanimously to approve the
--Members voted unanimously to go out to bid
for four roadwork projects being partially funded by a $237,877 50/50
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant. To be re-paved: the entirety
of South Park Acres; North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the
Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way; Broadway between Eighth and 23rd
streets; and 1100N between South Fifth Street and 100E. The bids will be
opened at the council’s May 11 meeting and the contracts awarded at its May
25 meeting. “Timing is important,” Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg
noted. “It may take (the Indiana Department of Transportation) four or five
weeks to process the contracts, and it may be as late as July 4 before we
can start work.” Member Bob Allison, D-3rd, agreed. “We don’t want to be
paving into October or November,” he said.
Of more immediate concern on Monday: members’
thoughts on the pandemic and its impact on the community.
“I am not going to request, I’m going to plead
for citizens to support the businesses offering curbside service,” urged
Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “There a lot of them out there. They’re listed on the
Chamber’s website. We want these businesses to still be there when this is
Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th, expressed her
gratitude to staff for its implementation of the Chesterton COVID-19
Resident Assistance Plan: the green thumbs-up and red thumbs-down window
placard program. “Good job,” she said. “It reflects the great heart we have
in this community.”
“I want to thank Police Chief (Dave) Cincoski
for his brilliant idea of going out as the Easter Bunny on Saturday,”
Allison said. “It was a joy to be with him. It made my day. It made my week.
Not only the kids were excited but the adults as well.”
Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, encouraged folks
to call and text and e-mail family and friends during the lockdown. “Please
keep those people around you in your thoughts,” she said. “Reach out to
them. Personal contact is so important in these times.”