The Chesterton Town
Council has endorsed a liquor license application under the Riverfront
District designation, for a new restaurant under development in the space
formerly occupied by Volstead and Popolano’s, 225 S. Calumet Road.
unanimously, on Town Manager Bernie Doyle’s recommendation, to endorse the
Doyle described the
restaurant as “upscale Mexican,” along the line of Ricochet Tacos in
Valparaiso. “They have a wonderful business plan,” he said.
In a duly
established Riverfront District, a dining establishment may obtain an
alcohol permit exempt from the usual quotas. Other recipients of Riverfront
alcohol permits include the Octave Grill, Ivy’s Bohemia House, and Villa
Nova Pizzeria & Bistro.
In other business,
the following 2019 board and commission appointments were made:
* Advisory Plan
Commission: James Kowalski, re-appointed by President Nate Cobbs, R-4th.
* Board of Zoning
Appeals: Joe Ackerman and Fred Owens, re-appointed by Cobbs.
* Park Board: Paul
Shinn re-appointed and Wendy Marciniak newly appointed by unanimous vote of
Commission: Mike Orlich, re-appointed by unanimous vote of the council.
* Tree Committee:
Pat Carlisle, re-appointed by unanimous vote of the council.
2019 Chamber Event
voted unanimously to endorse the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s 2019
schedule of events in Thomas Centennial Park, pending legal review and the
approval of the Park Board:
* Cork Screw &
Brew, 12 to 4 p.m. March 16.
* European Market,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 4-Oct. 26.
* Taste of Duneland/Party
in the Park, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 31.
* Downtown Trick or
Treat, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25.
* Hometown Holiday
Celebration, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30.
* Mistletoe Market,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.
Members also voted
unanimously to transfer to the General Fund $62,000 of the town’s share of
the state’s cigarette tax revenues.
Those moneys will
be used to pay for employee wages.
members agreed once again to make an annual $1,000 deposit into each
municipal employee’s health savings account.
Employees who do
not have health insurance with the town will receive a $1,000 pre-tax
“We’ve budgeted for
this,” Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the council.