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.
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.
II pays $54,630. Park Superintendent I--the position Mathias retired
The Park Board
hired Griffin early last year with the express idea of grooming him as
“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.”
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.