Beginning in 2021,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be an official municipal holiday in the Town
At its meeting
Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously--at the urging of Member
Jim Ton, R-1st--to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day a town holiday with
paid time off for municipal employees.
“On Monday, Jan. 20,
the United States of America celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.,” Ton said. “The reasons for this recognition are many and
varied. On Monday the Town of Chesterton did not recognize this national
holiday. The reasons for not doing so are few and far between.”
asked members to vote to put the issue on their agenda for Monday’s meeting.
They did so unanimously. They then voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance
formally adding Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the list of municipal
“Let me be clear,”
Ton added. “Our doing this is not a response to what other municipalities do
or to create another day off for employees.”
In other business,
and by unanimous votes, members rejected Brian Lewandowski’s petition for a
waiver of the Town Standard requiring the installation of a sidewalk in
front of all new construction.
building a pair of duplexes at 903-05 and 911-13 South 22nd St. and had
requested the waiver for both.
recommended against granting the waiver, for the reason that, in 2004, the
council previously required the construction of a public sidewalk in front
of a pair of duplexes in the 900 block of South 20th Street, just two blocks
to the east.
Lewandowski took the
rejection in good spirits and said that members would likely see him again
in other matters.
voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at their Feb. 24 meeting on Chris
Stratton’s petition for the vacation of a platted but unimproved public
right-of-way located to the north of his property at 1707 Tower St. in
Stratton told the
council that he’s discovered that approximately 90 percent of the barn on
the property encroaches on the platted right-of-way, and that barn appears
to be original to the house, built in 1935.