Chesterton council slows planning for student-built park restroom

2012-10-08T21:30:00Z 2012-10-08T23:02:06Z Chesterton council slows planning for student-built park restroomHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 08, 2012 9:30 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Town and school officials plan to take another look at proposed plans for a public restroom built by building trades students at Thomas Centennial Park.

Town Council member Sharon Darnell said Monday she will be meeting with the park superintendent, Park Board and high school building trades program director regarding what can and cannot be done for the proposed project.

“We all want this to be done right and we want it to be a community project, but it has to be fair and we don’t want to get anyone in trouble," Darnell said.

The project, which has been discussed by the council for the past few years, is being designed and constructed by Chesterton High School buildings trades students under the direction of Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias.

Council member Jim Ton said he would like to raise the project's level of transparency and will have plans for the restroom made available at Town Hall and on the town’s website.

 In other business, the council held a public hearing on an ordinance to sell park property in the Dunewood Estates subdivision. The property was set aside by the Dunewood Estates developer for park department use.

The council is expected to vote on the sale at its next meeting.

The council also authorized the use of $1,629 from county economic development income tax funds for maintenance of Police Department phones and the communication system.

Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said South Shore Clean Cities is partnering with Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on a diesel oxidation quick grant for qualifying vehicles from 2007 or before to replace muffler systems.

He requested the town pay an estimated $9,000 to $10,000 for seven town vehicles. The money will be refunded 100 percent on a first-come, first-served basis, so he suggested moving quickly. The council unanimously approved the expenditure from emergency funds.

The council also authorized Schnadenberg to begin taking bids to replace a dump truck and pickup truck. Both vehicles are 14 years old.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said the town’s compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act is nearly complete and his office has been on top of the process since the summer.

Ton thanked the engineering department for taking care of this crucial issue to save money for the town.

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