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Public may apply for position of Assistant Chesterton Park Superintendent

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The Chesterton Park Board has opted to advertise publicly for the position of Assistant Park Superintendent.

At their meeting Tuesday night, members decided to accept applications for the position from the public at large, after initially discussing--at their October meeting--limiting the search to current municipal employees.

The position will be posted in the Chesterton Tribune and on the town’s municipal website at

Applications will 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.

At Waskom--located 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.

At Kipper--located 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.

Boxcar Restroom

Meanwhile, O’Dell 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.”

Special 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.

Super’s Report

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.

Farewell, Jim Crawford

President Paul 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.

Crawford himself 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.



Posted 12/5/2018




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