Street Department will collect old TVs belonging to Chesterton residents and
transport them to one of Porter County’s approved drop-off sites, Council
member Jim Ton, R-1st, said at Monday’s Town Council meeting.
Ton reported that
he has gotten a number of calls from residents about where to recycle old
electronics since the Porter e-waste collection site, formerly sponsored by
Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction at the Porter Public Works
Department, shut down.
Chesterton’s older residents may not have the ability to take items like old
TVs out to one of the approved electronics recycling sites in Portage or
John Schnadenberg said the Street Department is pitching in.
“If we see a TV on
the side of the road, or if somebody calls, we’ll pick it up and store it
behind the salt building,” said Schnadanberg. “It’s just an additional
service we can provide.”
his crew will wait until they have a truck load or two and take them to one
of the approved sites. Residents of Chesterton (only) can call the Street
Department at (219)926-2222 for assistance removing unwanted electronics.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell reported the Town has received an invoice to pay its part of the
80/20 matching federal trail signage grant from the Northwest Indiana
Regional Planning Committee (NIRPC). The invoice is from the Town of
Highland, who O’Dell said was the lead in securing the grant.
payment is $21,443.21 for signs O’Dell says would have cost about $100,000
liaison to NIRPC, said the Town got a good deal. “That’s all the signage on
the part of the trail that belongs to us. That’s a good price for $100,000
worth of signs.”
Ton took a moment
to congratulate the CHS Gymnastics team for winning state the second year in
a row and the Boys Basketball team for winning sectionals.
Nate Cobbs, R-4th, noted the gymnasts took every event at state as well.
Dane Lafata, D-3rd,
commented that he hopes Indiana’s state legislators will fight for a clear
and inclusive hate crime bill, following recent news that the Indiana House
stripped the list of protected statuses from a proposed bias motivated
crimes law in a measure Lafata noted brought condemnation from Republican
Governor Eric Holcomb.
Lafata said Utah
passed a similar nonspecific hate crimes bill and has yet to be able to
enforce it, and Indiana should follow the majority of states who have
established specific hate crime laws.