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Chesterton Street Department will pick up old TVs

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The Chesterton 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.

Ton said 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 Valpo.

Street Commissioner 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.”

Schnadenberg said 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.

Prairie Duneland Trail

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.

Chesterton’s payment is $21,443.21 for signs O’Dell says would have cost about $100,000 otherwise.

Ton, council 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.”

Council Comments

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.

Council President 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.



Posted 3/13/2019




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