Chesterton-Porter-Burns Harbor appointed seat on the Porter County
Commission, Recreation and Visitors Commission is currently vacant due to
the death of Judy Chaplin two months ago.
Now is the time,
Chesterton Town Council member Emerson DeLaney said, to start looking for a
colleagues on the Council agreed during their meeting Monday to advertise
the position. The appointment would need to be made jointly with the Town
Councils in Porter and Burns Harbor, Town attorney Julie Paulson said.
At least two out of
the three need to agree, Council member Jim Ton said, and the legislation
creating the board makes certain requirements of who can be on the board.
According to state
law, a majority of the commission must be made up of members engaged in
businesses that promote local tourism and at least two members must be
engaged in hotels or lodging. The PCCRVC has a total of 11 members.
Chaplin was an
owner of Shady Lawn Florist in Chesterton.
DeLaney asked his
colleagues to give names of any possible candidates to Council President
On another note,
Town Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela announced that Paul Tharp has
resigned from the Redevelopment Commission and the Tax Abatement Committee
for health-related reasons, leaving his seats open for replacement.
Tharp is a
presidential appointment on the RDC and a Council appointment to the Tax
During the meeting,
which had a sparse agenda, the Council heard complaints from resident Jeff
Wozniak who lives in the 900 block of 5th Street of utility trucks that have
left ruts in his yard and other damages.
Wozniak said the
electrical lines had been dug up under his property for upgrades starting in
2013 and he has been in communication with representatives from NIPSCO,
Frontier Communications and Comcast about restoring his yard to its original
After none of the
companies were able to restore the 20’ x 25’ area, he turned to the Council
to see if they could help.
confidence that anything will get done,” said Wozniak who added that he
doesn’t think residents should have to spend money to fix the damage caused
by utility trucks.
None of the Council
answered how they would be able to help, but Ton said he “definitely agrees
with” Wozniak that residents should not have to pay repair expenses.
In other business,
Ton asked Paulson for an update on the ordinance regarding vacant or
abandoned buildings in town.
Paulson said she is
putting in language from Indiana Code and has looked at other
municipalities’ ordinances. She expects the ordinance to be ready in time
for the Council’s next meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.
Ton last month
expressed frustration over the appearance of several buildings around the
downtown area that have been vacant, two owned by George Manning. The
Indiana Code discussed in late June looks to enforce fines of $500 per
structure if vacant for 90 consecutive days.
approved unanimously a letter of endorsement for the Northern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission to include the Duneland-Prairie trail as part
of a national trail system.