After weeks of
trying to persuade a municipal employee or an appointed or elected official
to apply for a vacated seat on the Advisory Plan Commission, the Town
Council finally received two letters of interest.
The first, from Lt.
Steven Himan of the Fire Department.
The second, from
Council Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th.
At their meeting
Monday night, members voted unanimously to appoint Cobbs to the open seat.
abstained from the vote.
“Having a council
member at this time on the Plan Commission is advisable,” said President Jim
In other business,
members referred to staff for review a request from developer Brian
Lewandoski for two waivers from the Town Standard requiring the installation
of a sidewalk in front of all new construction.
The waivers would
be for residential housing being constructed at 717 S. 16th Street and 1523
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell said that a report on the request will be ready for the council at
its next meeting, Dec. 11.
voted unanimously to approve amendments to the town’s Personnel Policy
chiefly concern the use of social media by municipal employees.
Park Bids Rejected
Before the meeting,
Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson told the Chesterton Tribune
that two sets of bids received for the renovation of Waskom and Kipper parks
were rejected by the Park Board earlier in the evening at a special meeting.
Both sets of bids
came in higher than the engineering consultant’s estimate, Paulson said.
Staff will revisit
the bid specs with a view to re-advertising early in the New Year.