Today is the
go-live date for Porter County’s new 911 equipment, Police Chief Dave
Cincoski reported at the Chesterton Town Council meeting last night.
The switch comes
months after Chesterton and Porter opted to retain an independent 911
dispatch center when County-level officials sought to consolidate 911 calls
to a central communication center and upgrade the radio system throughout
At that time,
Chesterton and Porter took on the cost of the new equipment themselves and
remained an independent unit to keep response times low and retain
high-quality service to Dunelanders, as Cincoski and Porter Police Chief
Jamie Spanier explained in a letter to both Town Councils.
that there will be no interruption in 911 service while the equipment is
being installed and programmed over the next 48 to 72 hours, though the
Duneland Dispatch Center will be offline computer-wise.
still has to be programmed to have the two centers communicate,” Cincoski
said. “There will be no break in service at all. County 911 will be sending
our calls through to our normal business lines. We just won’t have a
computer set up at that time.”
“We will not miss
our calls,” Cincoski repeated. “I can’t say it enough, if a resident of
Chesterton or a visitor through Chesterton calls, we’ll still get their 911
Cincoski added that
the Fire Department will be unaffected by the shift.
Council member Jim
Ton, R-1st, commented that staying independent was worth the effort. “We did
the right thing when we fought to keep our own communication center here. We
stuck to it, and it cost us a little money, but I’m extra glad we stuck to
it,” Ton said.
John Schnadenberg gave an update after the Council took bids for the
repaving of S. 11th Street from Park Avenue to 1100N under advisement at its
“We reviewed the
specs and legal reviewed their part,” he said. “It is our recommendation
that we award the contract to Rieth-Riley as the lowest responsive and
The project is
number five of six improvements being funded by Chesterton’s 50/50 match
Community Crossings grant. The amount Rieth-Riley proposed and the Council
The last Community
Crossing project is curb replacement on East Morgan Avenue from Coffee Creek
Park to Roosevelt Street. The Council will open bids for that project at its
next meeting, March 25.
The Council also
passed a resolution re-establishing a Cumulative Capital Development (CCD)
fund following a public hearing where no one spoke for or against the
The CCD fund is
funded by a dedicated property-tax rate and is used exclusively to acquire
The current rate is
$0.04 per $100 of assessed valuation, the maximum under Indiana Code. The
rate must be re-upped annually, per state law.
approved Fire Chief John Jarka’s request to deem Engine 512 surplus.
requested that a 2001 Ford F-550 that the Street Department used as a salt
truck over the winter be deemed surplus and requested permission to solicit
sealed bids rather than hold onto the truck until the Town auction later
this year. The Council obliged.