Two weeks ago,
Victoria Brock of Westchester Township urged the Chesterton Town Council to
find some way to make the businesses east of Ind. 49--along and off Indian
Boundary Road--more “consumer friendly.”
Brock said at the time, out-of-towners southbound from I-94 are highly
unlikely to turn left onto Indian Boundary Road and, if they do, they’re
just as unlikely actually to find their way to any specific business.
Two weeks later,
Brock’s comments inspired a couple of other folks to make a similar plea to
the council, at its meeting Monday night.
Matt Jewison noted
from the floor that motorists southbound on Ind. 49 simply can’t see Indian
Boundary Road east of Ind. 49 as they approach the intersection “because
it’s blocked by trees.” As a consequence they’re almost certain, if
unfamiliar with the town, to turn right onto westbound Indian Boundary Road.
suggestion: signage well in advance of the intersection which names specific
restaurants and directs motorists with a left-turn arrow.
Joy Marburger, for
her part, pointed out the peril which bicyclists and pedestrians put
themselves in when attempting to cross Ind. 49 at Indian Boundary Road. A
striped crosswalk, she said, would reduce at least some of the risk.
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, thanked Jewison and Marburger for their suggestions and said in reply
that the town’s relationship with the LaPorte District of the Indiana
Department of Transportation--which has complete authority over signage and
stripping on and along Ind. 49--is quite good.
Only just recently,
Ton remarked, INDOT has placed--at the town’s request--a number of signs
along Ind. 49: “Chesterton Next Three Intersections,” “Porter Ave.,” and
“Indian Boundary Road.”
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell, for his part, said that he will talk to INDOT about possibly
updating business signage on the approach to Indian Boundary Road.
Meanwhile, Ton also
announced that INDOT is planning major pothole repairs along Ind. 49 and is
considering a re-surfacing project as well.
In other business,
Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that he’s recently been taking a lot of
complaints from residents about the discharge of fireworks in their
neighborhoods. Their plea: to make the town’s fireworks ordinance more
The problem: under
state statute, the town’s ordinance is already as restrictive as it’s going
to get, Cincoski said.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann put it this way. “The law as written does not allow you to be more
restrictive,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”
ordinance bans the discharge of all fireworks all year long, but for a few
days before and after July 4 and a few hours on Dec. 31.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell took a moment to express his gratitude to Ton--the town’s
representative on the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and
in fact an officer on NIRPC’s Executive Board--for Ton’s advocacy recently
in prevailing on NIRPC to award an additional $547,725 grant to the town for
Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail.
originally elected to discontinue funding Phase II, after awarding a grant
last year in the amount of $405,834.
O’Dell on Monday
said that, while he was arguing for the additional funding in the trenches,
Ton did a superb job working his colleagues on the Executive Board. “It was
a team effort all the way,” O’Dell said.
Phase II of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail runs along the north side of 1100N from the
Rosehill Estates subdivision to Fifth Street. O’Dell’s estimate of Phase
II’s total cost: $862,500. NIRPC’s total contribution: $953,559.