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Charging stations EV-reserved parking spaces being hogged by gas guzzlers

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In June the Town of Chesterton officially opened an electric-vehicle charging station in the 100 block of Broadway, on the north side of the road adjacent to Thomas Centennial Park.

Its a nice little setup, capable of charging two EVs at the same time, complete with a pair of EV-reserved parking spaces right in front of the station.

Problem is, the drivers of some old-fashioned gas guzzlers apparently think those two spaces are too good to leave to EVs and have been parking there themselves.

So Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st, noted at Mondays meeting. Ton asked Town Manager Bernie Doyle whether there might be some way of enforcing EV-only parking.

Doyle, for his part, referred the matter to Police Chief Dave Cincoski.

Whos all over it.

Cincoski told Ton that hes been planning to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Police Commission, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.

Ton said that hes eager to hear the results of that discussion.

East Michigan Ave.

Vacation Granted

In other business, members voted unanimously to vacate a platted but unimproved right-of-way: the terminus of East Michigan Ave., immediately east of North Calumet Road, which stubs out into a strip of gravel.

The vacation had been requested by adjacent property owners William and Mary Scott and Mark Montague.

Mary Scott told the council that she and her husband have been maintaining the right-of-way, mowing it and such, since moving into their home in 1985. And, she said, I see no possibility of anything else going in there.

Staff had no issues with the annexation.

No one opposed the annexation at a public meeting which preceded the vote.

Brassie Estates, Phase I

Meanwhile, Town Engineer Mark ODell reported that, at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, the Advisory Plan Commission is likely to grant secondary plat approval to Phase I of Brassie Estates, the 100-lot Brassie Estates subdivision, located north of the Brassie Golf Course.

Schiling Development is currently completing infrastructure for the 16-lot Phase I, ODell said, and with secondary plat approval in hand will be able to commence actual home construction.

Of Train Horns

Earlier in the meeting, new resident Harold Schroeder spoke from the floor about the loudness and constancy of train horns in town. its every 10 minutes, he said. Its louder than a steel mill.

Schroeder wanted to know what the council plans to do about the noise.

Members took the matter under advisement.



Posted 8/11/2015




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