The telephone system at the Chesterton town hall went belly up on Monday.
And as of 10:54 a.m. today the system was still inoperable.
Police Chief Dave Cincoski was hopeful at Monday night’s Town Council
meeting that a temporary fix would have the town hall back in business
In the meantime, members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with Frontier, at a
cost of $20,501.37—including a three-year maintenance agreement—to upgrade
the town hall’s system. A Frontier rep told the council that the new system
could be in place by the close of business on Friday.
The disruption in phone service is not affecting the Police
Department or the Fire Department but only the 926-1641 town hall line. The
municipal complex at 1490 Broadway is similarly unaffected.
Cincoski was of the impression that the town hall’s phone system could be 20
years or older.
In other business, members voted 5-0 to take under advisement this season’s
asphalt contract bids. There were two:
•Rieth-Riley Construction Company bid $68.75 per ton of surface, $57.75 per
ton of intermediate, $56.25 per ton of base, $4.50 per gallon of tack coat,
and $2.30 per yard of milling.
•Walsh & Kelly bid $69 for surface, $59 for intermediate, $58 for base,
$3.50 for tack coat, and $1.90 for milling.
Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann noted that the bids are weighted, with around 65
percent of the contract being surface.