The new playground
at Dogwood Park is officially open for business.
So Chesterton Park
Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported at the Town Council’s meeting Monday
Installation of the
playground equipment was actually completed some time ago, but it couldn’t
be opened for use until fall-protection had been installed. At its meeting
last week, however, the Park Board balked at cost of a new anti-static turf
technology--upwards of $250,000--and opted instead to invest $3,000 in
The mulch, which
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said meets code in every respect, was installed
late last week at Dogwood Park and will also be installed at the new
playgrounds at Chesterton and Olde Town parks.
Meanwhile, the Park
Department is still waiting for the grass to grow around the new splash pad
at Chesterton Park before opening that new facility. “The grass is beginning
to pop up,” Mathias was happy to say, “thanks to the Chesterton Fire
Department’s watering it every day.”
The splash pad is
scheduled to open on Tuesday, July 4.
With respect to the
splash pad, Mathias did ask the council to amend the 2017 Salary Ordinance
by increasing the hourly wage for the Director of Summer Programs from $9 to
In the past,
Mathias said, that position has typically been filled by a college student.
“With the splash pad, though, we really want an adult overseeing operations
Members agreed by
consensus to instruct Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson to draft an
amendment to the 2017 Salary Ordinance.
Both the new
playground equipment at Dogwood Park and the splash pad at Chesterton Park
are just a few of the projects being funded by a $2-million bond issued late
in 2015, noted Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th, at the end of the meeting. Cobbs
took a moment specifically to thank Mathias, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, and
other staff for their superb work in shepherding the projects on line.
“We’re now seeing the fruit of your efforts,” he said. “An awful lot more
will be coming out this year and next.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to extend for another year the town’s contract
with Superior Ambulance Service, which provides dedicated advanced life
support EMS services to Chesterton with an ambulance crews stationed at the
Fire Department on a 24/7/365 basis.
three-year contract expired in May 2016 and was renewed at that time for a
period of one year.
specifies that, in the event of Superior’s recovering gross receipts over a
certain amount, it will split that surplus 50/50 with the town, “up to an
amount equal to the percentage of the town’s budgeted expenses which are
attributable to EMS.”
In fact, however,
Superior has never hit the gross-receipts threshold and the town has never
recouped any of its EMS-related expenses.
voted unanimously by resolution to re-establish for another year Cumulative
Capital Development, a fund with a dedicated property-tax rate of $0.04 per
$100 of assessed valuation used exclusively for the purchase of emergency
At a public hearing
which preceded the vote, no one spoke in favor of the resolution and no one
Members also voted
unanimously to re-new for another season--through October--the town’s
agreement with Riverbottom Produce to sell fruits and vegetables from a tent
located in the municipal parking lot on the north side of Broadway,
immediately east of the water tower.
“I think they’ve
done a good service to the town over the years,” said President Jim Ton,
R-1st. “And I’ve always be pleased with their product.”
CFD Window Contract
voted unanimously to award a $3,890 contract to Trout Glass & Mirror of
Chesterton to replace eight windows located in the town hall and fire