The intersection of
West Porter Ave. and South 11th Street is always a good one for motorists to
avoid during the morning and afternoon rush hours, congested as it is by
parents driving their children to school and by the school buses themselves.
But kids walking
north to CMS or south to WIS and CHS have no real choice in the matter: they
have to cross West Porter Ave.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg noted at Monday night’s meeting of the
Town Council, there is a striped crosswalk on West Porter Ave., but
Duneland school bus drivers have been reporting that kids were having a
difficult time actually getting across the street because motorists--despite
a state law requiring them to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk--haven’t
been doing so.
So the Street
Department and the Duneland School Corporation have split the cost of
installing LED flashers at the crosswalk, on both sides of West Porter Ave.,
which kids can activate simply by pushing a button.
remain activated long enough for the kids to cross safely, then go dark
The cost of the
project: around $3,000 each. Schnadenberg said the some $4,000 was saved by
the Street Department’s in-house installation of the flashers.
The flashers, as it
happens, are solar powered, which means that town won’t be paying electric
want to remind folks of the state law: when a child is in the crosswalk and
the flashers are activated, motorists are obligated to stop.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to renew the 10-year tax abatement--entering its
seventh year--for the Addison Pointe Heath & Rehabilitation Center, 780
Paulson told the council that a review of Addison Pointe’s statement of
benefits found it to be “in substantial compliance.”
In the seventh
year, Addison Pointe has an abatement of 40 percent and will pay a property
tax of $126,470.
The abatement will
drop to 10 percent in its 10th and final year.
Permit Fees Waived
voted 3-0 to waive the building permit fees for the four residential rehab
projects in town slated for Rebuilding Together Duneland, on Saturday, April
president of Rebuilding Together Duneland, said that a total of 12 houses
will be rehabbed throughout Duneland. Most of the rehab on the Chesterton
houses is interior work, with one of them scheduled to get a new roof.
DeLaney, R-5th, abstained from the vote, as he is serving as a house captain
Members also voted
unanimously to adopt the annual Arbor Day resolution, which proclaims
Saturday, April 27, Arbor Day in the Town of Chesterton, and the week of
April 22-27 Urban Forestry Days in the town.
In connection with
the town’s celebration of Arbor Day, it has also received its 23rd
consecutive Tree City USA designation, Schnadenberg announced.
For nearly a
quarter of a century Chesterton has met the four Tree City USA requirements:
having a Tree Board as well as a tree ordinance; observing Arbor Day by
proclamation; and fielding an annual community forestry budget of at least
$2 per capita.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell reported that he and his staff are now conducting a final inspection
of the StoryPoint senior residential facility at 700 Dickinson Road, and
that he expects the Building Department to issue an occupancy permit to
StoryPoint in the next few weeks.
“It’s all going
really well,” O’Dell said.
Old Truck Sold
unanimously to sell a 2002 Ford F550 Super Duty truck declared surplus to
Ray Poparad, for his high bid of $5,182.75.
Only one other bid
was received, in the amount of $1,527.