Chesterton Town Council has enacted an ordinance identical to the one
approved last month by the Porter Town Council, intended to maintain the
dignity of funerals and the privacy of grievers.
their meeting Monday night, members voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance on
first reading, 5-0 to suspend the rules, then 5-0 to approve the ordinance
on final reading.
was no discussion of the ordinance.
text of the ordinance:
16-30 Funeral protests.
Every person may freely speak, write, and publish the person’s
sentiments on all subjects, but no person shall picket or engage in other
protest activities, nor shall any association or corporation cause
picketing or other protest activities to occur within 300 feet of any
residence, cemetery, funeral home, synagogue, or other establishment
during or within one hour before or one hour after the conducting of any
actual funeral or burial service at that place.
As used in this section, ‘other protest activities’ means any action
that is disruptive or undertaken to disrupt or disturb a funeral or burial
“As used in this section, ‘funeral’ and ‘burial service’ mean
the ceremonies and memorial services held in conjunction with the burial
or cremation of the dead, but this section does not apply to processions
while they are in transit beyond the 300 foot zone.”
of the ordinance are subject to a fine of $250.
ordinance is intended to protect mourners from the sort of demonstration
commonly staged by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., at
military funerals, for reasons best understood by that church’s members.
other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that it’s possible
some amount of surveying and environmental review done as part of Phase I
of the Westchester Liberty Trail--that section along 1100N from 23rd
Street to Rosehill Estates subdivision, completed in 2006--may be
applicable to the next phase.
at their last meeting authorized O’Dell to begin exploring the
feasibility of constructing a narrower sidewalk along the north side of
1100N from Rosehill Estates to 11th Street, so as not to encroach on a
designated wetland which has brought the whole project to a standstill.
expressed his hope on Monday that “some of the surveying done in the
first phase may overlap” into the next phase, thereby saving some money.
Mike Jabo of DLZ may have some pertinent information as well, O’Dell
also reported that architect Dave Kinel is nearing completion of his
design of a restroom facility for Thomas Centennial Park.
include a heated floor slab, to keep the facility warm enough in the
winter so that the pipes needn’t be emptied; and a time lock.
finished, the design will be submitted for review to the Indiana Building