ce last week, after the
Chesterton Tribune reported that 25 well-established trees along 1100N
and 23rd Street at Dogwood Park are to be removed by a NIPSCO contractor.
arborist for NIPSCO announced the removal at the Park Board’s July 2
meeting, and while anticipating a dismayed outcry from the community she
said that the trees have overgrown a critical power line, and that to cut
back the trees to minimum spec would reduce their canopy by around 25
percent, significantly disfigure them, and in all likelihood kill them.
She also said that
NIPSCO would replace the trees on a one-for-one basis as well as provide
additional funds, possibly for the establishment of an arboretum.
Folks on social
media were having none of it, however, and made their feelings abudantly
The hue and cry
prompted Town Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, at Monday’s meeting, to
invite the community to the Park Board’s next meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 6, and hear the full story. Although, DeLaney said, the Tribune’s
story was accurate and thorough, people need to hear the whole story.
“These trees are
hitting a high-power three-phase line in that area,” DeLaney said. “People
are losing power in that area. And the trees are part of the problem. In
this case, (removing the trees) is the right move.”
In other business,
Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela reported that the Indiana Department of
Local Government Finance has authorized a growth quotient of 3.5 percent for
next year’s property-tax levy, which will amount to an additional $211,000
figure is pre-circuit breaker, the town will still see an uptick in levied
funds, Kuziela said.
The Return of John
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to extend his warmest welcome
to former member John Kosmatka, who was in the audience on Monday.
the 1st District seat on the council before resigning to accept a position
with the U.S. State Department in Russia. “I was very happy when Jim Ton
took my seat when I went to work in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow,” Kosmatka
said from the floor.
Kosmatka went on to
serve with the State Department in Riga, Latvia.