CHESTERTON | Equipment at Friendship Land Park cannot be brought into compliance with safety codes and will be removed, an Chesterton official said.
Parks Superintendent Bruce Mathias told the Town Council on Monday that a certified playground safety inspector visited the park and noted many hazards, including about 150 items that cannot be repaired.
As a result, the equipment at the park on the corner of Fifth Street and Morgan Avenue will be removed. A fenced-in area for smaller children will remain.
The park will be leveled until Mathias is able to purchase a smaller amount of playground equipment, he said. He hopes to install the new equipment this season, he said.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance to ban protests at the funerals of servicemen and women.
Council Engineer Mark O’Dell said his staff is in the process of submitting plans for a restroom at Thomas Park to the state.
Police Chief Dave Cincoski said the new phone system in City Hall is now installed and functional after an outage last month.
The council also approved spending $540 for brackets to hang American flags on downtown streets.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said the American Legion has requested to install the American flags on downtown streets. The brackets would be installed by the street department, and the American Legion would pay for the flags.
Council member Sharon Darnell said the money for the effort could come from town funds.
The council approved a request by the the new owners of Taj Restaurant to put up a temporary sign in the town right of way at Roberts Road and Indian Boundary for three months. The owners want to notify residents they are open again after being closed for 13 months.
Council members Jeff Trout and James Ton said it was an unusual request, but both agreed because the sign would be temporary.
The council also endorsed an effort pitched by Stephanie Kuziela, who urged public officials and residents to donate unused cellphones for domestic violence victims. Phones can be dropped off at the new municipal building at 15th Street.