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Council OKs rezone to B2 for Bartonics Inc

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Bruce Resteau, owner of Bartronics Inc., has the greenlight to build an addition to his facility at 128 S. 12th Street.

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to approve the re-zone of three lots owned by Resteau located immediately south of his current operation: from R-3 to B-2.

Bartonics is a specialty electronics firm which installs two-way radio communications systems in emergency vehicles, along with lights and sirens. Resteau’s plans call for a 40’ x 48’ addition in order to have more room to work and to provide additional security for the vehicles he works on. He’s been located at 128 S. 12th St. for around 12 years.

The Advisory Plan Commission previously endorsed the re-zone by unanimous vote. Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th, who sits on the commission, said on Monday that “the Plan Commission was very pleased with what it saw and looks forward to seeing the project completed.”

“It’s a good thing to happen,” added Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “The neighbors were involved and it’s good for the business community.”

Building Commissioner Ordinance

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve on second reading an ordinance which forbids appointed building commissioners from undertaking any duties “in which (they have) an direct or indirect financial interest, including but not limited to a situation where the Building Commissioner would review or approve his or her own work performed for any person other than the town.”

As Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson emphasized, the town--like all municipalities in the State of Indiana--was required by a new law, effective July 1, to enact this specific ordinance. The council was not enacting it, she stated firmly, in response to any conflict of interest in the present Office of Building Commissioner or otherwise in past ones.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to authorize the expenditure of $51,000 for the purchase of a “station-alerting” system to be used by the Fire Department.

The system will be capable of dispatching multiple fire departments to the same scene simultaneously, Fire Chief John Jarka said, and will prove particularly useful after FDs in the county switch from the UHF to the 700 MHz frequency, which--when fully installed and on line--is expected to handle thousands of calls on a single channel.

The station-alerting system “can push out a lot of calls at once,” Jarka said.

Paulson advised members to approve the expenditure as a “special purchase,” as it will be bought through a Quantity Purchase Agreement with the state.

DeLaney, liaison to the Fire Department, told his colleagues that funding for the purchase may come from the Cumulative Capital Development fund, used exclusively for the acquisition of emergency equipment; or else from CEDIT funds.

Taste of Duneland

Members also voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for the annual Taste of Duneland event in Thomas Centennial Park.

The Taste of Duneland will be held form 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Hooked on Art

Members voted unanimously as well to approve an agreement with Frontline Foundations Inc. for the annual Hooked on Art event in Thomas Park.

Hooked on Art will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.




Posted 8/13/2019




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