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Water main replacement coming to South Park Acres

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Locate markings in the pavement along South Park Drive in South Park Acres have been made in advance of a water main replacement project.

So Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

Schnadenberg said that he expects Indiana American Water Company to deliver materials and equipment to the subdivision in the next 15 to 30 days, but added that the project probably won’t actually begin until mid or late April.

The replacement project should take around two months, Schnadenberg said, after which South Park Acres will be re-paved.

Invitation Issued by CFD

In other business, Capt. Rudy Jimenez of the Chesterton Fire Department cordially invited council members, legal, and department heads to attend Fire Ops 101 at the MAAC Emergency Services Training Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

The hands-on experience will include extrication, live fire attack, hose work, and medical skills, Jimenez said.

Chesterton Firefighters Local 4600 of the International Association of Fire Fighters is sponsoring the event.

Of the MAAC--the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative--Jimenez noted, “It’s a phenomenal facility and we’re lucky to have it in our area.”

No Bids

Fire Chief John Jarka reported that the CFD has received no bids for its 1988 Chevrolet Grumman command van, declared surplus early this year with an estimated value of $5,000.

“That’s sad,” Jarka said.

“It is,” agreed Member Bob Allison, D-4th.

Banner Approved

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve a banner request from the Duneland Exchange Club, promoting Prevention of Child Abuse Month in April.

The club had wanted to place the banners--on East Porter Ave. and at the intersection of Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road--for the full month, but members were unwilling to set that kind of precedent, inasmuch as all other banner requests have been authorized for a period of only two weeks.

The council accordingly approved the request but gave the club the standard two weeks, with the understanding that it may choose which two weeks in April to place the banners.

Poppy Days

Members also agreed by consensus to allow American Legion Post 170 to hold its annual Poppy Days fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16.

The event will be held on the sidewalks in the Downtown.

Public Hearing on CCD

Members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its next meeting, March 23, on the annual re-establishment of the Cumulative Capital Development fund.

The CCD has a dedicated property-tax rate of 4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and is used exclusively for the purchase of emergency vehicles.

Last Thoughts

Allison took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to his colleagues and staff for easing him into his new duties on the council.

“Thank you, senior members of the council for being so understanding and patient with me,” he said. “Also legal and department heads.”

Allison had one other thing to say, a warning, in fact: pedestrians need to be careful when walking the sidewalks of the Downtown, as skateboarders and bicyclists--in violation of Town Code--are responsible for “a lot of near misses.”


Posted 3/10/2020




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