The good news is that Duneland didn’t get nine inches of lake-effect snow
The bad news is that the Town of Chesterton’s leaf program is behind
As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg report at Tuesday’s Town Council
meeting, leaf collection is about a day behind. Crews are working 10 hours
days and may work a Saturday to catch up.
Complicating matters, of course, is that a generally balmy October appears
to have put the trees themselves behind schedule, so that for the first
couple of weeks crews didn’t have much on the ground to collect.
Leaves are beginning to pile up now, however, and Schnadenberg has said
that, weather permitting, crews will be collecting until Thanksgiving.
In other business, Interim Building Commissioner Mike Orlich announced
that--as everyone pretty much already knows and the Chesterton Tribune
reported on Oct. 31--the main part of the old Quonset hut at 563 Broadway
has been razed, at the owner’s expense, per a demolition order which Orlich
issued earlier this year.
All that remains of the building is its concrete facade, the future of which
Orlich is unsure of.
Orlich did say that the owner “would like to develop a new building there.”
Bulletproof Vest Grant
Meanwhile, Police Chief Dave Cincoski was finally able to announce the
actual sum of money which has been awarded to the CPD by the U.S. Department
of Justice for the purchase of bulletproof vests: $3,259.
Although Cincoski had been notified of the award last month, he hadn’t yet
received the actual figure when the government shut down.
The grant--which will reimburse the CPD for 50 percent of the cost of new
vests--is good through Aug. 31, 2015, Cincoski said.
Cincoski also debriefed the council on trick-or-treat, which he said “went
smooth as smooth could be.”
“The weather held out perfectly and it was a very uneventful evening,”
December Meeting Schedule
Members voted 5-0 to approve the following schedule of meetings next month.
The Town Council will meet as usual on the second Monday of the month, at 7
p.m. Dec. 9.
But then there’ll be a flurry of meetings on Monday, Dec. 16:
* Redevelopment Commission, 5:30 p.m.
* Town Council, 6 p.m.
* Stormwater Management Board, 6:30 p.m.
* Utility Service Board, 7 p.m.
The CPD at WIS
Members also took receipt of a letter from Shawn Longacre, principal of
Westchester Intermediate School, thanking the CPD for its continued presence
“WIS is fortunate to have the partnership with our Chesterton Police
Department,” Longacre wrote. “The officers always attend our Honor Roll
Lock-Ins. It’s wonderful to see the officers’ presence as they sing karaoke
and interact with our students.”
“Furthermore, during the school day, the officers routinely walk the
hallways and visit our students during their lunch time,” Longacre added.
“Their presence, on behalf of our students, really makes a difference. I
applaud them for their dedication and efforts.”
Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that Engine 512--which is beginning to show
its age--has been returned to partial service, as a secondary engine
available if needed.
Orlich said that there appear to be some rust issues with the frame.
Phase II Groundbreaking
A celebration to mark the groundbreaking of Phase II of the Utility’s long
term control plan will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the wastewater
The cornerstone of that plan--to be constructed in Phase II--is a
1.2-million gallon storage tank into which stormwater-diluted wastewater
will be diverted during heavy rain events. The tank will hold it until the
plant has a chance to catch up, then bleed the water back into the system