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Town Council sets trick-or-treat hours

 

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Chesterton residents can start planning their Halloween parties.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted 5-0 to schedule trick-or-treat this year from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, on the recommendation of Police Chief George Nelson.

Nelson informed the council that he had polled the members of the Police Commission—which traditionally sets trick-or-treat in Chesterton—and that they were in favor of those hours.

Nelson noted that Halloween falls on a school night this year and that 7:30 p.m. is “early enough for kids to get home.”

From the Streets

In other business, members voted 5-0 to authorize Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg to advertise for bids on the lease-purchase of a new two-ton truck, to replace the one sold at the town auction in August. Schnadenberg told the council that he had originally believed that the price would fall under the statutory threshold at which a municipality must advertise for bids—$75,000—but that he now figures it will top that threshold. Schnadenberg is looking for a flat-bed model, not a dump body, to be used for general maintenance and sign installation, capable of hauling a chipper and being fitted with a plow and salt spreader. Schnadenberg previously informed members that he has sufficient moneys in his Local Road & Streets Fund to make the first of five annual payments on the truck on its delivery, which Schnadenberg doesn’t expect until December or January.

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg told the council that the extension of the sidewalk on the north side of East Porter Ave., from Wilson Street west across Coffee Creek Bridge and all the way to South Calumet Road, is all done, bar a few details like landscaping. “It looks very nice,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st.

And, Schnadenberg concluded his report, the final road project of the season is set to start today: the widening and re-paving of C.R. 1050N between Dickinson Road and C.R. 200E. Two feet will be added to the north side of C.R. 1050N. The council agreed last year to undertake that project, with an estimated cost of $50,000, as part of its 2004-05 capital projects plan for the expenditure of its share of the revenues from the county economic development income tax (CEDIT), Schnadenberg reminded members. That stretch of C.R. 1050N will be closed around the clock until sometime Friday.

From the CFD

Fire Chief Warren “Skip” Highwood informed members that the CFD responded to 81 calls in September and 647 calls in the year-to-date. If it maintains that blistering rate, the department should break its 2003 record of 769 calls around Nov. 21.

Highwood also told the council that the department’s application for an 80/20 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) was rejected. The CFD would have used to funds for the purchase of rapid intervention equipment—used to rescue downed firefighters—as well as computer equipment and software. The CFD did receive a AFG grant earlier this year of $95,400, used to purchase a new exhaust system in the station bay as well as new air packs and spare bottles.

And, Highwood concluded his report, four new tornado sirens—acquired through a FEMA grant which is funding a total of 32 new sirens throughout the county—are now being installed: one at the station, to replace a 29-year-old model which has seen better days; one at 200W 1050N in Crocker; one at the Steel Family Health Care Center at Dickinson Road and Kelle Drive in Coffee Creek Center; and one at East Porter Ave. and Dickinson Road. Those four are in addition to two others: one at Westchester Intermediate School at 1050 N. Fifth St. and one at Brummitt Elementary School at 2500 E. Indian Boundary Road.

From the Engineer

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the council that he, Town Planning Director Steve Yagelski, and Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann are currently working on approximately 20 “supplemental” town standards. Those supplemental standards, he said, will address issues which have begun increasingly to emerge in the planning and building of subdivisions.

He also informed members that the joint stormwater project on Woodlawn Ave. is around 50 percent complete. Chesterton and Porter are splitting the cost of the project, which will drain a large flood-prone area on the north and south sides of Woodlawn—Porter’s side of the street and Chesterton’s respectively—from Warren Ave. east to an alley.

And O’Dell offered to represent the town at a meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the LaPorte District of the Indiana Department of Transportation. At that meeting, O’Dell said, INDOT will be reporting on upcoming road projects. By consensus members instructed O’Dell to attend the meeting.

 

Posted 10/11/2005