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Snow parking ban to take effect this week

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It’s that time of year.

At its meeting Monday night the Chesterton Town Council voted 5-0--at Street Commissioner John Schnadenbergs request--to declare the annual “snow ban” in the Chesterton Downtown, to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Under that ban, on-street parking in the Downtown is prohibited from 12 to 8 a.m. on the following roadways during or after a snowfall of two inches or more:

* South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.

* Broadway from South Calumet Road to Sixth Street.

* Second and Third streets from Broadway to West Indiana Ave.

Leaf Program Over

In other business, Schnadenberg announced the end to this year’s leaf collection program. Residents may still dump leaves at the municipal yard-waste facility at 1490 Broadway (entrance off 15th Street).

Brush collection, however, continues. Call 926-2222 to request a pickup.

Sidewalk Repairs

Schnadenberg also promised Yost Brownie Troop 366 to take under advisement a list which it submitted of sidewalks and crosswalks in need of repair.

Schnadenberg thanked the Brownies and said that their suggestions would be incorporated into his 2014 sidewalk list.

Westchester-Liberty Trail Engineering

Meanwhile, members took under advisement a large stack of proposals submitted by firms interested in doing the hard engineering for Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail, which will extend the sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from Rosehill Estates to Fifth Street.

Submitting proposals were the following:

* Weaver Boos Consultants of South Bend.

* Lawson Fisher Associates of South Bend.

* SEH of Indiana.

* American Structurepoint Inc. of Indianapolis.

* DLZ.

* Robinson Engineering of Merrillville.

Because the engineering costs will be defrayed from a $405,834 grant in federal transportation funds administered by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell will evaluate the proposals under guidelines issued by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Town Website

Members voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract with CivicPlus of Manhattan, Kan., to manage the municipal website at

That vote was conditional on CivicPlus submitting an acceptable contract. “I expect one to be worked out,” Lukmann said. “But we won’t know this until I see the last couple of points.”

Town Manager Bernie Doyle estimated the cost of the contract at around $25,000 over three years.

Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, noted that CivicPlus manages the websites of something like 1,600 government entities and said that the firm would not only “take care of potential security risks” but also provide the “current version of software at no additional cost.”

Local 4600 Contract

Members also voted 5-0 to renew the town’s agreement with International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1400, representing the firefighters of the Town of Chesterton. The previous agreement, expires on Dec. 31.

Lukmann told the council that the renewed agreement is identical to the old one.

Among other things, the agreement provides for the following: Local 4600 members may meet at the fire station, may post notices on a bulletin board at the station, may hold elections at the station, and shall have their dues deducted from their paycheck and remitted by the town to IAFF.

The agreement also binds both labor and management to I.C. 36-8-22-15, which prohibits public safety employees from engaging in work stoppages, strikes, and walkouts.


Posted 12/10/2013