handicapped parking space on town right-of-way approved five years ago by
the Chesterton Police Commission for a duplex on South Eighth Street has
been officially decommissioned.
At its meeting
Thursday night, the commission voted unanimously to remove handicapped
parking signage from the street in front of 324-26 South Eighth Street,
after the property’s landlord informed Police Chief Dave Cincoski that the
tenant who had petitioned for the signage no longer resides there.
originally approved the signage in 2014, with the understanding that the
driver of any vehicle with proper handicapped privileges could use the
space, not just the resident of the duplex.
signage is “commonplace,” Cincoski noted, but once the specific petitioner
for such signage has re-located it should be removed.
Cincoski said that
he will ask Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to remove the signage.
In other business,
Cincoski reported that the new e911 communications equipment serving the
Chesterton and Porter PDs was successfully installed earlier this month and
went live on Wednesday.
“It’s been a long
process but it has been installed,” Cincoski said. “After some hardware
updates, the system went live last night at 6 p.m. and there have been no
major issues to report.”
Last year the
Chesterton Town Council at Cincoski’s recommendation, and the Porter Town
Council at Police Chief Jamie Spanier’s, declined an invitation from Porter
County e911 to fold the two town’s dispatch functions into the county’s,
electing instead to invest jointly in their own equipment.
took receipt of two notes of gratitude to the CPD, the first from Chesterton
Tri Kappa: “Thank you for all you do for the community.”
The second, from
Yost Elementary School Principal Josh Huwig, who thanked both the CPD and
the Porter PD for always sending officers for drills.
“We have not had a
drill (fire, lockdown, etc.) that either Porter or Chesterton has been
invited to where someone didn’t show up,” Huwig said.
Members also agreed
by consensus to re-schedule next month’s meeting only to 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
April 18, at the town hall.
February in Review
In February the CPD
responded to 567 calls (554 in January), filed 74 cases (71), issued 57
citations and 65 warnings (40 and 26), and investigated 34 accidents with
four injuries (33 accidents with six injuries).
Calls for service
in February included 54 suspicious vehicles or persons (66 in January),
seven thefts (six), two incidents of vandalism (three), one overdose (zero),
one animal complaint (two), 18 well-being checks, 16 disturbances (19), two
reports of counterfeit bills (two), four reports of fraud (five), one report
of a sex offense (two), and one runaway (five).