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
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
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.