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Shane Griffin is the new Chesterton Park Superintendent

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The Chesterton Park Board has made it official: Shane Griffin is the new Park Superintendent, succeeding the long-serving Bruce Mathias, who retired on Friday, April 17.

Members unanimously Zoom-voted at their meeting Tuesday evening to appoint Griffin--retroactive to April 20--to the position of Park Superintendent II, a grade newly created by an amendment to the 2020 Salary Ordinance enacted by the Town Council at its April 27 meeting.

Park Superintendent II pays $54,630. Park Superintendent I--the position Mathias retired from--pays $60,294.

The Park Board hired Griffin early last year with the express idea of grooming him as Mathias’ successor.

“I want to welcome Shane as our new superintendent,” Member Wendy Marciniak said at the end of Tuesday’s meeting. “I’m hoping that things are going well. We’re here to help. We’ll miss Bruce. But it’s good to have you on board.”

“Welcome, Shane, and congratulations,” President Candy Tucker added.

At a meeting chiefly devoted to issues related to COVID-19, Griffin’s report on park operations was brief and to the point: the old maintenance shop on the east side of 23rd Street has been demolished and the site is being graded for seed; the new shelter immediately east of the playground at Dogwood Park is nearly completed; all of the new trees planted by NIPSCO late last year at Dogwood Park--to replace the mature ones which NIPSCO’s contractor cut--"are alive and budding and are going to be awesome"; the new trees planted at Waskom Park have also survived the winter, “so we’re at 100 percent with trees"; and mowing has begun in the parks following a wet April.



Posted 5/7/2020




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