be due by the close of business on Monday, Jan. 7.
The idea behind the
hiring of an Assistant Superintendent is to groom someone to succeed
longtime Superintendent Bruce Mathias, at such time as he retires.
The board will next
meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as their regular meeting day--the first Tuesday of
the month--falls on New Year’s Day.
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that work on the renovation of Waskom and
Kipper parks has been substantially completed, but for a few odds and ends
on a punch list.
on Michael Drive and serving the Duneland Cove neighborhood--final grading
and seeding will be done in the spring, as will be the painting and sealing
of the new basketball and tennis courts.
on Olivia Lane and serving the Westchester South neighborhood--grading and
planting will likewise be completed in the spring.
Members did vote to
authorize payment of $156,487.80 to the general contractor, Gariup
Construction Company of Gary. Still due Gariup: a final payment of
$105,137.20, a figure which includes approximately $30,000 in retainage.
Total contract price: $653,500.
The renovations at
Waskom include an ADA compliant playground, new basketball and tennis
courts, and a shelter. Those at Kipper include a shelter, benches, and a
play structure for kids 5-12.
reported, a few punch-list items remain to be completed on the boxcar
restroom and caboose comfort station in Thomas Centennial Park. Some
railings on the deck have yet to be installed and operational training to be
held on the use of the time locks, which--he added--“are working great.”
pet-friendly and wood-friendly salt is being used on the ramp, O’Dell noted,
and a schedule for applying it has been finalized, with Chesterton
firefighters tasked to the chore on the weekends.
Mathias, for his
part, reported that it took about three weeks to decorate Thomas Park--which
members agreed looks fabulous--and that his crew will soon begin starting
its winter activities.
Shinn took a moment at the end of the meeting to bid farewell to fellow
Member Jim Crawford, who is resigning his position effective Dec. 31.
was unable to remember when exactly he was appointed to the post but said
that he was delighted to have been. “I’ve enjoyed doing it. It’s been an
honor. I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone.”
“You’ve done a
wonderful job,” Shinn said. “Thank you for your service.”
“Thanks, Jim, you
will be missed,” added Town Council Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th.