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Cincoski: Juneteenth march a success

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Juneteenth march on Friday from the Chesterton Police station to Thomas Centennial Park was a resounding success, Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported at the Town Council’s meeting Monday night.

“It went very well,” Cincoski told members. The marchers were peaceful, all of them wore masks, and social-distancing was practiced.

Cincoski also expressed his gratitude to the Fire and Street departments for their logistical assistance and to officers from the Porter, Burns Harbor, Ogden Dunes, and Portage PDs for their polite and tactful presence along the march route.

In particular, Cincoski thanked Ogden Dunes Town Marshal Jim Reeder and Burns Harbor Town Marshal Mike Heckman for personally running calls in the Town of Chesterton while CPD officers were tasked to the march.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, for his part took a moment at the end of the meeting to read a prepared statement on his impressions of the march: “I believe the major goal of the march in Downtown Chesterton on June 19 was to protest institutional racism and unjust treatment of black citizens in America.

“I also believe that the goal of law enforcement was to provide for the free exercise of the right to do so in a safe and secure environment.

“Both of those goals were successfully met last Friday afternoon. Chesterton should be proud of that. I know I was.”

Plan Commission Appointment

In other business, President Sharon Darnell, D-4th, appointed Dane Lafata to the vacant seat on the Advisory Plan Commission created by the retirement of long-time planner George Stone. She did so with the blessings of her colleagues.

Lafata is a former Town Council member who lost a challenge from fellow Democrat and 3rd District resident Bob Allison in the 2019 municipal primary election.

Riverfront Designation

Meanwhile, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the new owners of Namaste, the Indian restaurant on Plaza Drive, have approached him about the possibility of receiving a Riverfront District designation, which would allow them to apply for an alcohol permit exempt from the usual quotas.

Doyle noted that, at his special request, Fire Chief John Jarka and Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell paid the restaurant a visit and found it “much improved.”

Members agreed by consensus that they have no objection to granting a Riverfront District designation.

2020 Census

Darnell took a moment herself at the end of the meeting to note that Chesterton residents currently have the second best response rate in Porter County to the 2020 Census: 75.3 percent, just one tenth of a point behind the 75.4 percent rate of Kouts residents.

“Way to go, Chesterton,” Darnell said. “Keep it up.”

 

 

Posted 6/23/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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