fund use raises concern
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
CEDAR LAKE - Residents at the May 22 Town Council
meeting expressed concern about town officials' use of a special budget
fund that is financed by a charge on residential sewer bills.
The fund was created to help subsidize the
sanitary sewer rehabilitation project, whenever the town decided to move
forward with that project.
The cost for residents for the fund is $6 per
Town Manager Tim Brown put the questions to
rest by explaining that some of the disbursements will be used to
prepare the land the town's new equalization basins will be constructed
"The money that we will be taking from
this fund falls under Ordinance 762, in which we can use this money for
Under section one of that ordinance, the
utilization of the of the special fund is limited to "...design,
construction, capital debt service payment and initial improvements to
the Sewage Works of Cedar Lake..."
The fund disbursement was unanimously passed
In other business, the Town Council recognized
the town Emergency Medical Service and Police Department for their
performance of life-saving procedures on Town Council President Robert
Brannon on April 13.
Brannon suffered a heart attack and graciously
commended those who helped in saving his life.
pauses to remember vets
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - Several hundred residents gathered
Monday at Maplewood Cemetery to remember the sacrifice made by the
nation's war dead.
Kenneth Lantigua, the event's keynote speaker,
noted that more than one million military men and women have died in the
United States' wars.
"These were people just like you and me."
he said, "but they put aside their dreams" to serve their
Lantigua, a member of the Disabled American
Veterans, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, said observance
of Memorial Day should be regarded as a civic obligation.
Mayor James Metros opened the ceremony with an
address urging Americans to "be the most proud people in the world
He talked about a recent television interview
with a Pearl Harbor survivor who told the story of sailors being trapped
in a sunken battleship for 14 days, tapping the hull in the futile hope
of attracting rescuers. Other sailors had no means of reaching them, the
Metros said, "We share today in the horror
that they went through, and we know that it was for us."
The event, which followed the annual Memorial
Day Parade, also included prayers by veteran Marvin Forsythe and the
Rev. Terry Steffens, a reading of the general order that inspired
Memorial Day by the high school's Student Council president, music by
the Taft and high school bands, a floral tribute presented by the three
veterans organizations, a rifle salute by the American Legion guard, a
cannon salute by Civil War reenactors, and taps and echo by Crown Point
High School trumpeters.