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Chesterton Town Council sets new park hours

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The Chesterton Town Council has formally changed the hours of operation for all municipal parks.

Park hours had been 15 minutes before sunrise, to 15 minutes after sunset.

At their meeting Monday night, however, members voted unanimously to enact an ordinance which defines those hours of operation more precisely:

-- From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. each calendar day of the year.

-- In addition, between April 1 and Oct. 31, Thomas Centennial Park will be open from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

-- All municipal parks will be closed to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day (with the exception of Thomas Park from April 1 to Oct. 31, which will be closed from 12 to 5 a.m. every day.

"It shall be unlawful for any person other than town personnel conducting town business therein to occupy or be present in such park, or any of them, during any hours in which the park is not open to the public,” the new ordinance states.

The Park Board may extend those hours of operation under certain exceptions, by use permit, festival agreement, or for special public events. In addition, on his own authority the Park Superintendent may close any park or section of a park at any time, for any interval of time, either temporarily or at stated regular intervals.

Town Manager’s

Duties Amended

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the ordinance establishing the responsibilities of town manager. These now include the following:

-- The town manager shall be the lead/contact person for the Town Council regarding economic development initiatives and issues, planning functions, and public relations. In addition, the town manager shall seek, obtain, and administer grants for all municipal departments.

-- The town manager shall coordinate the operations of municipal departments and department head meetings. “Personnel matters involving the department heads are to be determined by the Town Council, with the advice of the manager.”

-- The town manager shall assist department heads in the hiring of municipal employees.

-- The town manager shall become qualified and assume the role of National Incident Manager System coordinator for the town.

-- The town manager shall update, modify, and keep current the town’s social media platforms.

-- The town manager shall serve as the town’s Title VI coordinator and shall administer the town’s equal opportunity and equal access policies.

-- The town manager shall receive and respond to requests for public records and shall administer the town’s open door and access to public records policies.

Arbor Day

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution which declares the week of Oct. 12-17 Urban Forestry Days in the Town of Chesterton; and Friday, Oct. 16, Arbor Day.

Both were postponed in April due to the pandemic.

From the Floor

Becky Mateja Lombardini spoke to the council briefly from the floor at the beginning of the meeting, introducing herself as the Democrat candidate for the 3rd District (North) seat on the Porter County Commissioners.

“If you have any comments or questions for me, just let me know,” she said.


Posted 9/29/2020




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