The Chesterton Town Council has ponied up for the annual Fireworks on the
Lakefront extravaganza, this year on July 2 and as always at Indiana Dunes
At its meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to contribute
$2,500 in CEDIT funds and $2,500 in in-kind service to the event.
Heather Ennis, executive director of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of
Commerce, made the request from the floor, noting that an estimated 13,000
people attended last year’s edition. “This is a fantastic event,” she said.
The town of Porter and Burns Harbor are also contributing cash or in-kind
services and the National Park Service and Porter County are in on the event
as well, Ennis added.
“It’s a worthwhile cause,” said Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd.
Still, both members Jim Ton, R-1st, and Nick Walding, R-3rd, asked Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell to make a new line item in the CEDIT budget for next
year, with funds specifically earmarked for the fireworks celebration.
Ton congratulated the Chamber on the “fine public event,” but said that it’s
important for the council “to plan its spending and then spend according to
Public Hearing Scheduled
In other business and by unanimous votes, members agreed to hold public
hearings at its June 24 meeting on several petitions for vacations of a
platted but unimproved public right-of-way: Lincoln Ave., to be exact. All
of them are from the same neighborhood.
*Eugene Engels of 401 S. 18th St.
*Dan Shook of 328 S. 18th St.
*William Gravel of 402 S. Jackson Blvd.
The council asked department heads to review the petitions. O’Dell, for his
part, indicated that there are both a stormwater sewer and a sanitary sewer
along that stretch of unimproved right-of-way and any vacation granted will
need to include a utility easement.
Members also voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its June 24
meeting on the petition of Thomas Biednon for the vacation of an unused
utility easement on his property at 1540 Bunker Drive. Biednon has applied
for a setback variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals, to permit him to
build an addition to his home, but the BZA will not consider the request
unless and until the unused utility easement has been vacated.
Relay for Life
Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize Duneland Relay for Life to
“paint the town purple,” to raise awareness of the Relay, which raises funds
for cancer research.
Specifically--pending final approval by the Park Board--Relay for Life will
place two 10’ x 23’ banners in Thomas Centennial Park, one on the bandstand,
the other on the back fence. Purple ribbons will also be fixed to street
lights in the Downtown, along Broadway from Fourth Street to South Calumet
Road and along South Calumet Road from the train tracks to Porter Ave.
The banners and ribbons will be up from July 1 to July 13 and will be
removed on July 16.