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Town Council endorses 'Fuel' eatery's application for riverfront alcohol permit

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The developer of a new restaurant on Broadway has the Chesterton Town Council’s official blessing to apply for a three-way permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission under a riverfront-designation.

At their meeting Monday night members voted unanimously to endorse Jack Saylor’s application to IATC for his “Fuel” eatery, which he plans to put in the old tanning salon at 420 Broadway.

Fuel would be the latest restaurant to secure an alcohol permit in the town’s riverfront district, which extends 3,000 feet on either side of Coffee Creek from the Downtown to the Indiana Toll Road. Within the boundaries of a riverfront district, a dining establishment may obtain an alcohol permit exempt from any local quotas. The Octave Grill at 105 S. Calumet Road was the first restaurant in town to avail itself of the riverfront designation. Others include Villa Nova Pizzeria & Bistro at 213 Broadway and Ivy’s Bohemia House at 321 Broadway.

Fuel will be a 50-seat farm-to-table restaurant with a classic cinema theme which specializes in locally sourced food, Town Manager Bernie Doyle told the council. “They grow their own beef and vegetables,” he said.


In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported that the Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club has expressed an interest in donating money to the Police Department toward the cost of a drone.

Doyle said that Police Chief Dave Cincoski, for his part, would like to add a drone to the CPD’s resources, and that he and Cincoski will work with Rotary.

At Cincoski’s request, members also voted unanimously to approve a one-time expenditure of $8,240.93 in CEDIT funds for the purchase of a new server from GGNet Technologies and a monthly payment of $293.20 for backup and endpoint security.

10th Street Extension

Meanwhile, members agreed by consensus to take under advisement a petition from Jeffery and Debbie Bachman for an extension of 10th Street south from its current dead-end.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune that the Bachmans own a buildable but at the moment inaccessible parcel located south of the 10th Street dead-end and southwest of the South Park Acres subdivision.

Should the Bachmans wish--at their own expense--to extend 10th Street south to make their parcel accessible, they would be required to comply with Town Standards pertaining to minimum pavement design. They would also be required to build the extension within the platted right-of-way and to a minimum width of 18 feet.

The council, for its part, would waive Town Standards requiring the construction of a sidewalk and curbs and gutters. Neither sidewalks nor curbs and gutters were ever installed along this stretch of 10th Street.

Insurance Payment

Members also voted unanimously to authorize Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela to issue a manual check to Anton Insurance Agency in the amount of $292,796.42 to cover all of the town’s insurance policies--with the exception of employee health insurance--in 2018.

Those policies include liability, auto, workman’s compensation, blanket crime, and the bonds for employees who handle money.

2018 Chamber Events in the Downtown

Earlier in the meeting Maura Durham, president of the Chamber of Commerce, presented to the council a list of events which the Chamber is planning to hold in the Downtown in 2018.

Durham noted that she will appear formally before the Park Board at its next meeting, Feb. 5, to request permission for use of Thomas Centennial Park for these events.

The list: Corkscrew & Brew, March 17; European Market, Saturdays from May through October; Party in the Park, Aug. 4; Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Oct. 26; Pumpkin Palooza, Oct. 27; Hometown Holiday Celebration, Nov. 24; and Mistletoe Market, Dec. 1.

Durham noted that she is not requesting any “structural or logistical changes” in the Chamber’s previous use agreements with the town.





Posted 1/23/2018




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