Chesterton Tribune



Study of Broadway and Jackson approved with eye to making it a four way stop

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The intersection of Broadway and Jackson Blvd.--at which motorists east- and westbound have no stop sign but those north- and southbound on Jackson Blvd. do--has been the site of many accidents over the years, caused typically by motorists who assume that it’s a four-way stop.

In a perfect world it probably would be. But the Town of Chesterton isn’t authorized to make it one unless certain “warrants” for a four-way stop exist per the Indiana Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

There are three such warrants:

* Five or more reported crashes in a 12-month period that are susceptible to correction by a multi-way stop.

* Vehicle volume entering the intersection from the major street approaches--Broadway-- averages at least 300 vehicles per hour for any eight hours of an average day.

* And the combined vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle volume entering the intersection from the minor street approaches--North and South Jackson Blvd.--averages at least 200 units per hour for the same eight hours, with an average delay to minor-street volume of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest hour.

Other criteria may also be considered:

* The need to control left-turn conflicts.

* The need to control vehicle/pedestrian conflicts near locations that generate high pedestrian volumes.

* Locations where a road user, after stopping, cannot see conflicting traffic and is not able to negotiate the intersection unless conflicting cross traffic is also required to stop.

As Police Chief Dave Cincoski noted last week at the Police Commission’s meeting, the CPD has run a traffic study at the intersection of Broadway and Jackson Blvd. every two years for some time. But so far there’s been no warrant to make it a four-way stop.

But, prompted by a letter from resident Erin Findley-Sykes, Cincoski asked the commission for permission to conduct another one, after Findley-Sykes said that she’s observed at least 15 accidents at the intersection since 2006.

Findley-Sykes added that the pedestrian crossing at that intersection leads to the Prairie Duneland Trail and that she’s witnessed “many near misses with cars versus people.”

The commission voted unanimously to approve a new traffic study.

New Hires to Graduate Academy

In other business, Cincoski announced that new hires Alexias DeJesus and Kaitlin Bruning are set to graduate from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on May 4.

DeJesus and Bruning were hired in the spring of 2017 and have completed their field training.

Bulletproof Vest Grant Application

Meanwhile, members voted 3-0 to authorize Cincoski to request permission from the Town Council to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant for the purchase of bulletproof vests.

The DOJ grants generally pay for half the cost of a vest. The grant is not considered a 50/50 match, however, because the CPD has to replace a certain number of vests every year grant or not.

Re: The Raises

Member Pete Duda took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to the Town Council for finding the ways and means to raise the salaries of police officers and firefighters to a more equitable level. “Congratulations to them and to the council for getting that taken care of,” he said. “I was very pleased to see that happen.”

Member Mike Orlich concurred. “It was a long time coming,” he said. “It should have happened a long time ago. Hopefully, it will keep going. All town employees are well deserving.”

March in Review

In March the CPD responded to 664 calls (594 in February), filed 64 cases (57), issued 64 citations and 50 warnings (42 and 27), and investigated 35 accidents with seven Injuries (36 accidents with seven injuries).

Calls for service in March included 87 suspicious persons or vehicles (89 in February), six thefts (three), 32 alarms (40), six incidents of vandalism (two), one overdose (four), one train complaint (zero), four animal complaints (non), 195 traffic stops (116), 17 wellbeing checks (eight), two reports of battery (three), one burglary (zero), 30 disturbances (22), 10 reports of fraud (nine), one report of a sexual assault (zero), and one runaway (one).



Posted 4/17/2018








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