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Town Council Zooms meeting

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The Chesterton Town Council Zoomed its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, as members, department heads, and the press all conference-called from their living, dining, and rec rooms.

All five council members and all department heads or their executives were in attendance.

There were only two items of business:

--Members voted unanimously to approve the claims.

--Members voted unanimously to go out to bid for four roadwork projects being partially funded by a $237,877 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant. To be re-paved: the entirety of South Park Acres; North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way; Broadway between Eighth and 23rd streets; and 1100N between South Fifth Street and 100E. The bids will be opened at the council’s May 11 meeting and the contracts awarded at its May 25 meeting. “Timing is important,” Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg noted. “It may take (the Indiana Department of Transportation) four or five weeks to process the contracts, and it may be as late as July 4 before we can start work.” Member Bob Allison, D-3rd, agreed. “We don’t want to be paving into October or November,” he said.

Of more immediate concern on Monday: members’ thoughts on the pandemic and its impact on the community.

“I am not going to request, I’m going to plead for citizens to support the businesses offering curbside service,” urged Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “There a lot of them out there. They’re listed on the Chamber’s website. We want these businesses to still be there when this is over.”

Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th, expressed her gratitude to staff for its implementation of the Chesterton COVID-19 Resident Assistance Plan: the green thumbs-up and red thumbs-down window placard program. “Good job,” she said. “It reflects the great heart we have in this community.”

“I want to thank Police Chief (Dave) Cincoski for his brilliant idea of going out as the Easter Bunny on Saturday,” Allison said. “It was a joy to be with him. It made my day. It made my week. Not only the kids were excited but the adults as well.”

Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, encouraged folks to call and text and e-mail family and friends during the lockdown. “Please keep those people around you in your thoughts,” she said. “Reach out to them. Personal contact is so important in these times.”



Posted 4/14/2020







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