Park upgrades described at meeting

2012-09-24T20:45:00Z Park upgrades described at meetingHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 24, 2012 8:45 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Park crews have begun clearing the area where a public restroom built by the Chesterton High School building trades program will be located in Thomas Centennial Park, Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias said.

Council Member James Ton asked to see design plans, and Mathias said he would supply the details.

Mathias also made a request to use CEDIT funds for $15,000 for cameras and equipment for the park compound at Dogwood Park. The request was approved because the facility was the site of a recent break-in and theft.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann asked the council, at the request of Mathias, to sell park property at 1192 Woodland Drive in the Dunewood Estates subdivision that is not being used for park purposes.

The selling price would be set at $25,000, per an appraisal, with funds returning to the Park Department for future park purchases. The council set a public hearing on the matter.

Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich said the first public education forum to discuss the proposed ambulance service is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Town Hall on Eighth Street and Porter Avenue.

Those who attend will learn about the ambulance service that the Fire Department is looking to purchase, Orlich said.

Council member Emerson DeLaney said there has been a lot of discussion and controversy on the subject of the ambulance servic. He encouraged people to attend if they have questions or comments.

The Westchester-Liberty Trail will be submitted for a Lake Michigan Coastal Grant, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said. This trail would create a pedestrian path along 1100 North from 11th Street west to join the existing sidewalk.

Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported the Wizard of Oz Festival was a success and there were no incidents.

Cincoski also asked for allocation of funds to upgrade video equipment used for felony interrogations. The Town Council approved the $3,778 request.

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