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Jim Ton: RR quiet zone not dormant; RFP for feasibility study authorized

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The Chesterton Town Council has taken the next step in retrofitting the town’s railroad grade-crossings into official quiet zones.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to publish a request for proposals for an engineering feasibility study, a prerequisite for moving ahead on the proposed project.

There are five grade-crossings along the Norfolk Southern line which would need to be retrofitted with additional safety measures before the railroad would agree to pass through Chesterton without sounding train horns: at South Calumet Road; North Fourth Street; North Eighth Street; North 15th Street; and North Jackson Blvd.

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, did take a moment to read a prepared statement in rebuttal of those who might have thought that this project--discussed for several years now--has gone “dormant”: “To refer to the quiet corridor as dormant is misinformed,” Ton said. “It does a disservice to many. Town Manager, Town Council, Engineering, Legal, and NIRPC have all worked many hours and hours for years to get to this point tonight. This effort has significant support and interest of the people of this community. It will not happen tonight. It is a process that takes time, personnel, professional assistance, and funds to do.”

“When an action is ready, it will be done publicly,” Ton added. “In the meantime, research, study, professional assistance, and support are needed behind the scenes. This council has consistently voiced its support for a quiet corridor through town and, to my knowledge, has not veered from that position.”

Fireworks Debrief

In other business, Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that the fireworks extravaganza at Indiana Dunes State Park “went really well for the most part,” and once again thanked the Porter County Emergency Management Agency for lending first-responders at the event, its incident command center as well as for rigging a temporary radio booster at the beach, the latter of which, he said, worked exceedingly well.

“It was a great help,” agreed Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th. “Thank you, Porter County.”

And--despite the vast and seemingly coordinated discharge of personal fireworks throughout the town last week--the CPD received only eight complaints about fireworks between July 3 and 7, Cincoski noted.

Re: Health Insurance

Member Nate Cobbs, R-4th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to report that, following a mid-year performance review, the town’s healthcare plan “is doing well.”

“Credit that to Anton Insurance Agency, to its partners, and to the town’s employees,” Cobbs said. “It takes everybody working together. And I hope the employees are getting the full benefit of it.”



Posted 7/9/2019




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