In other business,
Chesterton Economic Development Corpora-tion President Jim Ton proposed,
from the floor, the use of tax increment financing funds to design and erect
a directional sign at the northwest corner of 1100N and 100E alerting
out-of-town visitors to the Downtown Business District.
Given the many
visitors to Chesterton--entering town through its rear door, so to speak,
1100N--for events at Chesterton High School and Dogwood Park in particular,
Ton thinks that a sign at the intersection pointing visitors north on 100E
and then on South Calumet Road would have the potential of capturing a good
bit of out-of-town traffic.
“I like the
concept,” Member Emerson DeLaney said. “There’s a lot going on at that
intersection, if you’re not from the community.”
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann did express one cautionary note: that he will need to review the
legalities of using TIF funds for such a sign. It’s possible that a sign
along the lines of the one described by Ton might not be a TIF-eligible
Members did vote
unanimously to instruct staff to investigate the feasibility of such a sign,
pending the results of Lukmann’s review.