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Trick or treat still up in the air

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When trick-or-treat will be held this year--or whether trick-or-treat will be held at all--is still up in the air in the Town of Chesterton.

Contrary to rumors circulating on social media, the Police Commission has not determined when or whether there will be trick-or-treat in town, Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

The CDC is recommending against trick-or-treat this year, Cincoski noted, while the Governor’s Office is supposed to be issuing a guidance on it. But at the moment, no local decision has been made.

The Police Commission will address the issue of trick-or-treat at its next meeting, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and a determination will be made at that time, Cincoski said.

Engine 510 Mishap

In other business, Fire Chief John Jarka reported that all firefighters aboard Engine 510 when it was struck by a semi on an emergency run last week are well. “Everyone is doing fine,” he said.

Engine 510 was westbound on 1100N when, siren and emergency lights activated, it proceeded through a red light at the intersection of Ind. 49 and was T-boned by the semi. The impact separated the rear box from the chassis, but miraculously none of the three firefighters in the cab sustained anything like a serious injury.

Jarka expressed his profound gratitude not only to “the response and outpouring of concern for our employees” but also to neighboring FDs which offered assistance in the way of apparatus. He added, however, that the CFD remains adequately equipped. “Our fire protection capability wasn’t harmed in any way,” he said. “We have plenty of apparatus.”

Jarka also thanked the Chesterton and Porter police departments for their “great job of traffic control” in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Declared Surplus

for Silent Auction

At Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to declare the following items surplus: 2006 Chevrolet Impala; Snow X salt spreader; 2007 Dodge Charger; and 1998 Vermeer 1800 Turbo brush chipper.

Then members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to organize and coordinate a silent auction of sorts, in lieu of the usual municipal auction, which will not be held  this year due to the public health emergency.

Instead, Schnadenberg proposed publishing a list of auction items--most of them vehicles--then parking them for viewing at a specified time in the municipal lot across the street from the town hall, then accepting sealed bids on specific items.

“That way we can get rid of several old vehicles and not have them sit around unused for a year,” Schnadenberg said.

“John is quite right,” agreed Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “We’ve done that before.”

The Chesterton Tribune will publish details on the auction as they become available.

Corkscrew & Brew

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve a modification to the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Corkscrew & Brew contract.

The event--already twice postponed due to the pandemic--will now be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Thomas Centennial Park. The original hours of use granted to the Chamber--including morning set-up, were 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chamber President Maura Durham requested a one-hour extension, to 7 p.m.

Durham told the council that the Porter County Health Department has approved the Chamber’s plan for the event, that she doesn’t expect more than 500 to attend, and that 20 volunteers have been recruited to enforce mask-wearing and social-distancing.


Posted 9/29/2020




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