On Nov. 18 high
winds toppled a large tree onto the house at the southeast corner of the
intersection of West Porter Ave. and Third Street.
Four months later,
the tree is still there, leaning against the home, the original damage
exacerbated by this winter’s harsh weather.
And a neighbor,
Mark Pruitt, would really like to see the tree removed.
At Monday night’s
Chesterton Town Council meeting, Pruitt urged members to have the tree
removed under the nuisance ordinance. Failing that, Pruitt said that he’s
willing to donate a colleague’s legal services, on a pro bono basis, to
expedite the matter.
actually is. And nothing can happen until that party is legally notified of
the ordinance violation.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg noted, “Typically homeowner’s insurance takes
care of that sort of thing.” But it’s unclear who the home’s owner is. “I’ve
spent a couple of hours at least trying to locate the owner and I’ve made it
as far as a bank in California,” he said.
“If we go ahead and
remove the tree, and do damage, we’re liable for all of it,” Schnadenberg
added. “There’s been no one really to contact.”
“It sounds like due
diligence has been conducted,” Pruitt replied. “I don’t know where we can go
The council had an
idea, however: Give it to Lukmann.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann told Schnadenberg to forward all information on the situation and
that he would pursue a remedy.
From the Streets
In other business,
members voted 5-0 to authorize the purchase, at a cost of $5,549 in CEDIT
funds, a 24-inch walk-behind cleaning machine for the Street Department,
which Schnadenberg had requested to deal with snowmelt brought into the
garage by the fleet of plows and other vehicles. There are no floor drains
in that area of the bay, Schnadenberg previously told the council, and this
equipment “will go a long way to making the floor safer, with no more
told members that he plans on replacing some or all of the decorative street
lights along Broadway and South Calumet Road with LED lights. “We’ll see how
they work, if they cost less,” he said.
From the Fire
Williams, the Fire Department’s training coordinator, reported that the CFD
has completed its CPR certification classes at Chesterton Middle School. A
total of 493 eighth-graders are now certified by the American Heart
Association in CPR.
reported that all repairs to the ladder truck have been completed, following
the incident in December when the ladder struck a NIPSCO power line during a
weekly check. The vehicle still needs to be UL-tested, Williams added, which
will be done at the repair shop.
Among the Boxes
Stephanie Kuziela, for her part, reported that her office and staff have
successfully moved into the municipal complex at 1490 Broadway, from its old
location at the former town hall, 726 Broadway.
working out of boxes, so we ask for your patience,” Kuziela said.
thanked the town’s departments for their help in effecting the move in a