The Chesterton Town
Council has approved the removal, by a NIPSCO contractor, of approximately
15 trees at various locations along Broadway.
The trees are all
growing into power lines and most of them are an invasive species known as
the Bradford pear.
NIPSCO’s tree contractor, originally applied for six permits to allow tree
trimming and removal. Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg approved two of
those permits but wanted Arbormetrics spokesman Dan Pasarelli to make the
case for the other four.
The locations in
-- Four Bradford
pear trees at 907 Broadway, in front of the NIPSCO substation.
-- Two Bradford
pear trees and two crabapple trees at 801 Broadway, in front of the Duneland
-- Four Bradford
pear trees in the parking lot of Yesterday’s Treasures, 103 Seventh St.
-- And three
Bradford pear trees at 321 Broadway, in front of Ivy’s Bohemia House.
NIPSCO will replace
the trees on a one-for-one basis, with species specifically selected by the
town, with the following stipulations: that the trees chosen not be invasive
species and that they be “smaller frame” trees which grow no larger than 25
feet in height. Whatever trees are selected will already be six to ten feet
in height when planted.
unanimously to approve the removal permits and to refer the selection of
trees to the Advisory Tree Board.
the council that he wanted Pasarelli to request approval personally. “This
way the public will know what’s going on when they see trees being removed
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve the request of Duneland Chamber of
Commerce President Maura Durham for the extension of this season’s European
Market into November.
Per its contract
with the town, the European Market was already scheduled to hold two special
editions: the Hometown Holiday Market, on Saturday, Nov. 28, as part of
Thanksgiving Saturday’s Christmas event; and the Mistletoe Market, on
Saturday, Dec. 5.
asked for an amendment to the contract to allow the European Market also to
be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 14, and 21.
“I’m all for
extending the Market,” said Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th. “It’s good for
Downtown business. It’s been a tough year for Downtown business.”
Attorney Chuck Parkinson said that he will prepare the contract amendment
for members’ approval at their next meeting, Monday, Sept. 28.
RIP, Sgt. Don
Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meeting, Council Member Jim
Ton, R-1st, asked attendees to remain standing and observe a moment of
silence in memory of Sgt. Don Maloney (ret.) of the Chesterton Police
Department, who passed last week.
“Don was a big man
in heart,” Ton said. “He was a great asset to this town from the day he was
hired, always professional. Don, 10-42.”