CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council on Monday voted unanimously, with Sharon Darnell absent, to adopt the 2014 budget.*
A public hearing was held on the budget at the last meeting with no comments from the public. Council member Jeff Trout thanked all of the departments and administration for their efforts.
In other business, Police Chief Dave Cincoski announced that Halloween trick-or-treating will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, which mirrors those of surrounding municipalities. Also, the Duneland/Chesterton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring downtown trick-or-treating at 4 p.m. Oct. 25.
He also reminded residents, especially those with no land line, of a program at smart911.com and he encouraged people to register cell phones to help expedite responders in case of an emergency.
Cincoski said the town website has a “report a problem” tab and he cautioned that a legitimate police problem should not be reported using this tab on the site since it is not monitored in real time.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that 2,100 feet of sidewalk has been replaced and seven of nine areas identified for replacement have been completed.
He added that NIPSCO has identified 17 trees in the public right-of-way from Park Avenue to 1100 North that have been infected with the emerald ash borer or are in poor condition and they will replace them with smaller ones that will not interfere with electricity lines.
Town Manager Bernie Doyle presented council members with a master proposal for the Dunes Kankakee Trail and the council unanimously voted to have member Jim Ton be the signatory for the plan.
* Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.
A story that appeared in some editions Tuesday incorrectly reported the action of the Chesterton Town Council. The story should have stated the council approved the 2014 Chesterton budget.