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Town fireworks ordinance already maximally restrictive

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As permissive as the Town of Chesterton’s fireworks ordinance may seem to folks who aren’t crazy about being mortared out of their sleep during the first week of July, it’s still the most restrictive possible under Indiana Code.

As Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann explained to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, the ordinance in question mirrors state law. “And you cannot take away from the dates and times the state says you can use fireworks.”

Those dates and times: 11 days only in the summer, from June 29 to July 9 and--with the exception of July 4--only from 5 p.m. to two hours after sunset. On the Fourth, fireworks may be discharged from 10 a.m. until midnight.

Lukmann did say that, since the state law was enacted some years ago, it’s possible the General Assembly has tweaked it more recently. He will investigate.

Lukmann made his report in the wake of Rose Aaron’s appearance before the council at its last meeting, when Aaron suggested that members revisit the ordinance and take a hard look at making it more stringent.

“We understand the concerns and we’re not unsympathetic,” Member Jim Ton, R-1st, said on Monday. “But we can’t be more restrictive than state law.”

Ind. 49 Utility

Corridor Project

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the Ind. 49 utility corridor project is nearly completed, with general contractor LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point down almost to punch-list items.

But NIPSCO has still to connect electric and natural-gas service to the lift station, O’Dell said, and until that happens the newly installed sanitary sewer infrastructure is unusable.

O’Dell added that he’s not sure why it’s taking NIPSCO so long to get started on the hook-up.

MDA Fill the Boot

Meanwhile, members voted 4-0 to authorize the Chesterton Fire Department to hold its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at two intersections in town: Broadway and Eighth Street; and 1100N and 100E.

Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, was not in attendance.



Posted 8/14/2013