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Chesterton Town Council endorses riverfront alcohol permit

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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.

Members voted unanimously, on Town Manager Bernie Doyle’s recommendation, to endorse the application.

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.

Board Appointments

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 the council.

* Police 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 Schedule

Meanwhile, members 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.


By consensus, 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 payment.

“We’ve budgeted for this,” Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the council.


Posted 1/15/2019





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