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Cobbs urges upgrade of road signs for CHS state champions

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Chesterton High School has produced over the years a remarkable number of state championship teams: gymnastics, swimming, speech and debate, and more.

Some of those teams--but by no means all--are currently celebrated with signage on select gateways into town: along 1100N, for example, and on East Porter Ave.

Now Chesterton Town Council President Nate Cobbs, R-4th, wants to give full credit where credit is due, by making the signage not only more inclusive but also more uniform.

So he suggested at the end of the council’s meeting Tuesday night. “I would like the town in some way to recognize all of the achievements of Chesterton High School through signage,” he said. “Make it clearer and more uniform.”

What exactly the signage would look like and where it would be placed are issues in need of study, Cobbs added. As are the ways and means of paying for it. Grants may be one way to defray the cost, he proposed. Donations may be another.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, for his part liked the idea, called it “worth exploring,” and ventured the possibility of referring it to the Chesterton Branding Leadership Team for more consideration. That group was revitalized last year for the express purpose of giving the Downtown a thematic facelift and is comprised of numerous businesspeople and municipal officials.

CEDIT Request for Paving

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg asked the council to consider a request for $100,000 in CEDIT moneys to be used for select paving projects this season. He noted that there was no need to act on his request on Tuesday and that in the meantime he will prepare a list of roadways which he would like to see re-paved this year, should CEDIT funds be available.

Schnadenberg added that--with preparations now being made for a general obligation bond issue later this year for the 2019-20 paving seasons--he will have no need next year or the year after to use CEDIT moneys for roadwork.

Members took Schnadenberg’s request under advisement.

Road Inventory

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg reported that the Town of Chester-ton’s official road inventory on file with the Indiana Department of Transportation has been increased by some 13 percent, thanks to the genius and industry of MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala.

In 2016 the town’s road inventory totaled 69.73 miles. Gadzala, however, using GIS mapping, found another 8.9 miles in Chesterton in need of adding to the list, bringing total mileage to 78.64.

“That will help with funding from the state,” Schnadenberg said. “Good job to Jennifer for that.”

Memorial Day

Ton took a moment at the end of the meeting to thank the Town of Porter and Chesterton American Legion Post 170 for hosting a series of commemorations on Monday, Memorial Day.

“We’re very fortunate to live in a community with so many Memorial Day events,” Ton said. “Those who have fallen in our service are well remembered in Duneland.”


Posted 5/30/2018




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