Historical Society won permission Tuesday to erect a historical marker in
downtown Chesterton's Thomas Park to commemorate historic Broadway
The Chesterton Park
Board enthusiastically approved the DHS project, which spokesperson Dorothy
Meyers said will cost her group about $1,000. She was accompanied by DHS
member Marilyn Cook.
Meyers said the
professionally made marker will be in the style of state/federal park
information boards. She proposed locating the marker on the south side of
the Thomas gazebo because the angled marker would contain a circa 1913
photograph of the block of north-facing Broadway buildings across the
If the first marker
goes well, added Meyers, DHS could erect a second one in another location.
Park director Bruce
Mathias said the size of the structure is appropriate for Thomas Park. Board
member Mark Dickinson commented, "It looks very tasteful and would fit in
On John Kroft's
motion the Park Board voted 3-0 with Jim Crawford absent to approve the
project as proposed. After the meeting Cook said preparations for the marker
#In a related
Thomas request, Frontline Foundations development director Derek Frazier
requested that his group be allowed use of the downtown park Sept. 27 for an
art festival. He said last year more than 2,500 people attended. Set-up
would be Sept. 26.
Vincent Emanuele said Frazier will need to submit a formal request letter
and application for review, but Kroft said it sounded like a request the
board would approve.
#Dan Amling of
Duneland Diamond Baseball updated the board on the many projects his group,
in cooperation with the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, completed at
Chesterton Park's southeast ball diamond in 2013.
#More site upgrades
are planned this year as well, he explained, because "we want to make that
corner a showcase." The diamond is located at the intersection of Fifth
Street and Porter Avenue.
Amling said the
projects undertaken last year represented a total investment of
approximately $23,000 thanks to gifts/materials/labor from Duneland Diamond,
Rotary, Town and Country Fencing, Tazco Concrete, Joe Brys, Von Tobel,
Raffin Construction, Midwest Construction, Dunes Office Supply, Clark's
Landscaping, Phoenix Materials and Joe Conway.
Emanuele said the
Park Board will send each participant a thank-you. "We really appreciate
what you do out there," he told Amling.
By unanimous vote
the Park Board designated Duneland Diamond the primary lead for ballfield
use and Amling the contact for other groups wishing to share field time.
subdivision control ordinance requires developers to present their plans to
the Park Board for comment. Attorney Greg Babcock for developer Bill Stone
described a planned 25-lot, single-family subdivision at the southwest
corner of County Roads 1100N and 50W across from Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
"We need to start
somewhere to get some new housing going," he told Park Board members.
project is very near Dogwood Park. Babcock said no park land will be donated
in the subdivision, but a park impact fee will be paid per ordinance as well
as sidewalks built to access 1100N and 50W.
Dickinson asked if
the detention pond will be fenced. Babcock said yes, and it will have a dry
bottom and be maintained by a POA.
In other business
Mathias said bad weather has hampered the removal of all park holiday
decorations, but Kroft said he's happy to see the Santa House has been
removed from Thomas for safekeeping.
Town manager Bernie
Doyle thanked Mathias for helping plow snow from the recent winter storms,
and Dickinson said it's good to see departments cooperating with each other
because it's part of being a community.