CHESTERTON | Brad Bumgardner, a park interpreter and education manager for the Indiana Dunes State Park who works with the Indiana Audubon Society, came to speak to the Town Council on Monday night about Indiana Bird Town, an Audubon Society initiative.
Bumgardner said the program recognizes towns that create and protect natural communities for birds and create programs to educate residents about birds. The first Indiana Bird Town was Geneva, Ind. By the end of the month the society expects applications from South Bend and Zionsville.
After meeting with Town Manager Bernie Doyle, Bumgardner said Chesterton already meets many of the criteria for designation and he encouraged the town to apply for the recognition for a three-year period. The only expense is the acquisition of new signs.
Town Council member James Ton made the motion to move forward with the application and said it fits in well with the town’s environmental initiatives, including recycling efforts and Tree City designation, and the council unanimously agreed.
In other business, Paul Berkowitz, an attorney representing Teamsters Local Union 142, told the Town Council of the Chesterton Police Department have taken steps to begin membership in the union, including holding an election.
Additionally, resident Rose Aaron asked the council to reconsider the ordinance regarding fireworks late at night around the Fourth of July and likened them to “bombs in Third World countries” that scare her animals.
“Our dog has to hide in the bathtub and we have to buy tranquilizers a week in advance to calm him down. I would like the council to reconsider the length of time that it is allowed and I believe fireworks should be left to the professionals,” said Aaron, and the council agreed to take it under advisement.
County Road 1100 North on the east side of Ind. 49 will be closed for two more weeks so INDOT can complete bridge work, said Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg.
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported his department is meeting with Urschel representatives to go through site plans and apply for storm water permits.