Briefly in Lake County
April 24, 2013 12:46PM
County fair will use city fire, medical
Fire and emergency medical services for the Lake County Fair again will be provided by Crown Point Fire Rescue.
Wednesday the Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract between the department and the Lake County Fair Board for fire and EMS services at the 11-day event.
“We have been providing fire and EMS coverage for the last 15 years,” said Fire Chief Greg DeLor.
The contract has no changes in costs over the previous year. DeLor said typically the only changes year to year are based on the fair’s schedule.
Farm market won’t open this summer
T&J Farm Market will not be opening this summer.
Wednesday the Board of Public Works and Safety approved changes to the farming lease between the city and Jerry Scheeringa for 16 acres of city owned land near Indiana Avenue and Merrillville Road adjacent to the city’s water treatment plant that will allow the farmer to sublet the space previously used for the farm stand to a landscaping businesses.
City Attorney David Nicholls said Scheeringa has farmed the land under the lease for years and has had an agreement within the lease to operate the farm stand. This year Scheeringa is unable to operate the farm stand due to health concerns. Plans to sublet the land to the landscaping business will allow Scheeringa to recoup his financial losses from not running the farm stand.
Mayor David Uran said Scheeringa has been farming the land for years and his farm stand has been an addition to the community.
“It’s unfortunate we won’t have the ability to buy his produce anymore,” he said.
Nicholls said the landscaping business will do substantial improvements to the exterior, including the addition of a new fence, to showcase their landscaping work. The landscaping company is not a retail business and will use the location as its business office and equipment storage space.
Rains slowing Sportsplex work
Work is continuing to progress at the city’s Sportsplex though the wet spring weather is making it tough for the softball field grass to take root.
“We are moving along as the weather allows. We have having trouble to get the grass in the outfields to perform,” Tris Miles, city engineer Wednesday told the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety
Some remediation work on the grass has been completed, but until the sun shines for a longer stretch of days than it has, the grass is slow in growing.
He said Hap Bruno Little League Field will be ready for opening day.
The city also has received some assistance from the Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, which will be providing the labor to construct the press box at the fields, Mayor David Uran said. The mayor said he toured the city with Board of Works member Randy Palmateer, who is the council’s business manager, to identify possible projects with which the council can assist.
“He immediately asked if they could help out,” Uran said.
Materials for the press box will be purchased with grant money for the project and labor will be provided by the council free.
Palmateer said the council routinely donates labor for projects for municipalities and not-for-profits.
“Whatever the city needs we are here to help,” Palmateer said.