residents will pay no more for refuse and recycling collection in 2018 than
they’re paying now, under the new three-year contract with Republic Services
(Able Disposal) which the Town Council unanimously ratified at its meeting
The schedule of
* In 2018, $15.38,
the same monthly rate which folks are paying now.
* In 2019, $15.69,
a 2-percent hike.
* In 2020, $16, a
second 2-percent hike.
To that monthly
rate will be added the usual $1 brush collection fee.
That 2-percent hike
in the second and third years of the new contract compares favorably to the
2.5-percent hike which went into effect in the second and third years of the
Under the terms of
the new contract, households will keep their 95-gallon rollaway trash and
say that Republic Services has broached the possibility of tweaking the
current route schedule--as new outlier subdivisions like Easton Park come on
line--so that, for instance, a neighborhood whose garbage has been routinely
collected on Mondays might see it collected beginning next year on Tuesdays.
His discussions with Republic Services, however, are still in the early
say that the current route schedules have been the same since 1992.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to create a dedicated revolving loan fund dubbed
CHAMP--Chesterton Hometown Assets Maximization Program--to make low-interest
loans available to businesses for a variety of improvement projects.
CHAMP is the fruit
of the newly revitalized Chesterton Economic Development Company (CEDC),
which will be making loans of up to $5,000 to businesses looking to invest
in their site, improve infrastructure, or even purchase machinery, noted
President Jim Ton, R-1st. “It will be much broader than the old facade
program,” he said.
Loans will carry an
interest rate of 2 percent and must be repaid in full after five years, with
two installments per year.
The old facade
program was established in 1987 with a grant awarded to the town by the
Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Since its establishment, the program
has loaned a total of $422,321.21 to Chesterton businesses for facade
improvements. The program was frozen, though, due to outdated guidelines and
The CEDC is
currently working on re-codifying those guidelines and re-formatting the
voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the town’s advertised 2018
budget at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.
Stephanie Kuziela reported that this year’s municipal auction, held earlier
this month, netted a total of $11,686.75.
“That’s lower than
previous years,” she said, “but then there wasn’t as much for sale as there
Hooked on Art
Ton took a moment
at the end of the meeting to congratulate Frontline Foundations Inc. for the
fabulous sixth edition of its Hooked on Art festival in Downtown Chesterton
“It was a great
Hooked on Art,” he said, “even though it was hot as blazes down on that