will be held this year--or whether trick-or-treat will be held at all--is
still up in the air in the Town of Chesterton.
Contrary to rumors
circulating on social media, the Police Commission has not determined when
or whether there will be trick-or-treat in town, Police Chief Dave Cincoski
reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
The CDC is
recommending against trick-or-treat this year, Cincoski noted, while the
Governor’s Office is supposed to be issuing a guidance on it. But at the
moment, no local decision has been made.
Commission will address the issue of trick-or-treat at its next meeting, 5
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and a determination will be made at that time,
Engine 510 Mishap
In other business,
Fire Chief John Jarka reported that all firefighters aboard Engine 510 when
it was struck by a semi on an emergency run last week are well. “Everyone is
doing fine,” he said.
Engine 510 was
westbound on 1100N when, siren and emergency lights activated, it proceeded
through a red light at the intersection of Ind. 49 and was T-boned by the
semi. The impact separated the rear box from the chassis, but miraculously
none of the three firefighters in the cab sustained anything like a serious
Jarka expressed his
profound gratitude not only to “the response and outpouring of concern for
our employees” but also to neighboring FDs which offered assistance in the
way of apparatus. He added, however, that the CFD remains adequately
equipped. “Our fire protection capability wasn’t harmed in any way,” he
said. “We have plenty of apparatus.”
Jarka also thanked
the Chesterton and Porter police departments for their “great job of traffic
control” in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
for Silent Auction
Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members voted unanimously
to declare the following items surplus: 2006 Chevrolet Impala; Snow X salt
spreader; 2007 Dodge Charger; and 1998 Vermeer 1800 Turbo brush chipper.
Then members voted
unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to organize and coordinate a silent
auction of sorts, in lieu of the usual municipal auction, which will not be
held this year due to the public health emergency.
Schnadenberg proposed publishing a list of auction items--most of them
vehicles--then parking them for viewing at a specified time in the municipal
lot across the street from the town hall, then accepting sealed bids on
“That way we can
get rid of several old vehicles and not have them sit around unused for a
year,” Schnadenberg said.
“John is quite
right,” agreed Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “We’ve done that before.”
Tribune will publish details on the auction as they become available.
Corkscrew & Brew
voted unanimously to approve a modification to the Duneland Chamber of
Commerce’s Corkscrew & Brew contract.
twice postponed due to the pandemic--will now be held on Saturday, Nov. 7,
in Thomas Centennial Park. The original hours of use granted to the
Chamber--including morning set-up, were 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chamber President
Maura Durham requested a one-hour extension, to 7 p.m.
Durham told the
council that the Porter County Health Department has approved the Chamber’s
plan for the event, that she doesn’t expect more than 500 to attend, and
that 20 volunteers have been recruited to enforce mask-wearing and