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Chesterton Plan Commission vacates Jeff Ton's seat

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The Chesterton Plan Commission will send notice to the Town Council that member Jeff Ton’s seat has been declared vacated.

Ton sent an email to the board saying that he believes he will no longer be able to attend meetings in the future due to a permanent change in his work schedule.

Planner Jim Kowalski brought up the email at the end of Thursday’s meeting recommending the Town Council to ask Ton to resign his seat and to appoint a new board member.

“If (Ton’s) work schedule changes down the road, he can reapply to the board but at this time I think it’s in the best interest of this board and the town, I think he needs to step back,” said Kowalski.

Commission Attorney Chuck Parkinson said that by statute, the Commission can declare a seat to be vacated if the corresponding members misses three consecutive meetings. According to the minutes, this is the third meeting Ton has not been present.

On Kowalski’s motion, the board voted 5-0 to declare the seat vacant. Absent from the meeting besides Ton was planner Bob Poparad.

Parkinson said the Town Council will be responsible for filling the vacancy.

Cases referred to Plat Committee

Rather than proceed with preliminary hearings, the Chesterton Plan Commission on Thursday referred its two cases on the agenda to the Town’s Plat Committee.

The two cases included Brian Lewandowski who is requesting primary plat approval for lots at 1801-03 Westchester Ave. where he wishes to construct a duplex. The second case is request by James and Mary Jeselnick requesting primary plat approval for a lot in Driftwood Commons, an office complex located on the west side of S. Calumet Rd.

None of the petitioners were at the meeting but Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said both cases would be suitable for review by the Plat Committee.

The Commission took up some discussion on the Jeselnick case. O’Dell said a variance was given by the Board of Zoning Appeals in 1993 allowing a second principal structure on the separate parcel but without frontage.

“It was set up this way by Mr. Jeselnick but he never finalized it until now, 23 years later,” O’Dell said.

O’Dell said Jeselnick would like to subdivide the lot into three separate lots.

The Plat Committee, which consists of O’Dell, Plan Commission President George Stone and member Fred Owens, will meet next Thursday at 6 p.m. before the BZA meeting at Town Hall.

Extension for Coffee Creek sidewalks

In other business, the Commission voted 5-0 in favor of releasing letters of credit for two sidewalk guarantees within Coffee Creek Center and reinstate new ones that would expire on June 30, 2018, essentially extending the guarantees for one year.

Making the request was Eric Warren of Lake Erie Land Company. One of the guarantees are for an area along the Village Green townhomes and the other is for the first addition to Coffee Creek Center.

“Hopefully they will be completed (in a year) or we’ll have a be handle on when they will be completed,” Warren said.


Posted 6/16/2017






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