parking permits will increase in price this year as the Town Council voted
5-0 Tuesday on final reading of an ordinance raising the fees.
Compared to 2016
figures, permits for town residents will be $30 instead of $25. Town
employees will pay $20 ($15) and senior citizens would be charged $10 ($5),
for a maximum of two permits.
of the town, those who live in Indiana will pay $60, while those from out of
state will pay $100, compared to $50 and $85 respectively.
purchase more than two permits can pay the Town resident rate of $30 for
each additional permit.
Town residents will
need to provide an Indiana’s drivers license and vehicle registration that
must contain the same address as proof of residency.
A person who
purchases a different car after obtaining a permit may transfer the permit
to the new vehicle by providing the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office with a copy of
the new vehicle registration and at least half of the current permit. The
permit holder would need to bring a bill of sale and application for title
to the office and there is a $5 fee for a replacement sticker.
Permits are to go
on sale Monday, March 13, at the Town Hall. A total of 600 will be
Carol Pomeroy said the Town will no longer be accepting mail-in applications
before the sale. As she stated last month, this is to be fair to the people
who stand in line, and those wishing to have a permit should arrange to
purchase one at that time.
The Council made
one adjustment at second reading Tuesday. Council President Greg Stinson
asked that the employee rate be limited to two permits.
“I think that’s
fair,” agreed Pomeroy.
Council held first reading on four different ordinances creating funds for
transferring monies within the Town’s budget in order to match the State’s
Community Crossings grants.
The state will
continue the grants this year for road surfacing, rehabilitation and paving.
The ordinances will
create a rainy day restricted fund for Motor Vehicle Highway transfers, a
rainy day restricted fund for Major Moves transfers, a rainy day restricted
fund for Local Road and Street transfers and a fund to match grant funds for
Local Roads and Bridges.
In petitions and
comments from the floor, resident Laurie Franke-Polz, of Detroit Rd., asked
if the Town had any plans to make road improvements around Dunes Forest
between U.S. 12 and U.S. 20, which has major pothole problems.
Stinson said the
Town aims to work on those roads with the grant money this year. The Town in
2016 resurfaced and paved many roads near downtown that were specific to a
bond issue taken out. With the grant and funds left over, the Town will be
able to help those other areas, he told Franke-Polz.
“I’m very glad to
hear it. My tires just about can’t take it anymore,” she said.
asked about flooding issues at Waverly and Knoelke Drive. Stinson referred
Franke-Polz to the stormwater board. Public Works Director Brenda
Brueckheimer said she can call her office.
Lots of salt
reported to the board that according to contracts, she will need to purchase
413 tons of salt for the roads for this winter, despite the fact that
temperatures for the past few weeks have been above freezing. She said she
wanted the Council to be aware that the salt will be kept, but will take up
On another note,
Brueckheimer said the new utility tractor and boom mower purchased with the
help of CEDIT funds last year will be arriving on Wednesday. The new tractor
can be used year-round.
“Tomorrow is going
to be a glorious day,” Brueckheimer said.
CO and Smoke
Chief Jay Craig asked that any landlord for rental properties or mobile
homes in town who have not yet turned in their smoke detector and carbon
monoxide detector forms to the fire department to please do so. Forms were
due by Jan. 31.
Craig asked that
landlords make sure they have the new form that includes carbon monoxide
detectors, which was added last year.
“If you have the
old forms, you need to get the new ones,” Craig said.
In other matters
regarding the fire department, the Council approved Craig’s request for two
separate allocations of CEDIT (or local income tax as it is now called) of
$2,500 each. One will be to match a grant from the Department of Natural
Resources while another will be an additional amount for the purchase of
bunker equipment this year.
Stinson said the
department will be paying another $2,500, which, with CEDIT and the grant
match, makes the total $10,000 for the equipment.
unanimously agreed to the request.
Council member Ross LeBleu lauded the Chesterton Lions Club for all their
efforts on the Father/Daughter Dance this past Saturday at Chesterton High
LeBleu said he
volunteered and found it to be one of his best experiences. There were 660
people in attendance, made up of many different ages and ethnicities, he
the Club for its success and said he encourages others to volunteer in the