Crown Point panel ap­proves 113th Av­enue land pur­chase

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tri­bune

The City of Crown Point has con­tin­ued get­ting land ac­qui­si­tions com­pleted with the pur­chase of some land along 113th Av­enue.

The Board of Pub­lic Works and Safety at its Oct. 24 meet­ing ap­proved the $10,500 pur­chase of .64 acres of land at 3800 W. 113th Ave. City At­tor­ney Alex Ku­tanovski told the board the pur­chase gives the city ac­cess to the lift sta­tions and other util­i­ties in that area.

In turn, the city will give an ease­ment back to prop­erty own­ers, Mark and Dorothy Duffy, so that they may eas­ily ac­cess the lake fur­ther into the prop­erty, Ku­tanovski said.

The land pur­chase won’t need to go be­fore the Com­mon Council be­cause it’s un­der $25,000, Ku­tanovski added.

Mayor David Uran cred­ited the Duffys with im­prov­ing the lake and other habi­tat in their prop­erty’s vicin­ity.

“En­vi­ron­men­tally wise, he has done a good job, and there will be good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween us and the neigh­bors go­ing for­ward,” Uran said.

Also at the meet­ing, Crown Point Fire Chief Dave Crane showed the board a $19,000 do­na­tion of bat­tery-op­er­ated ex­trac­tion tools it re­cently re­ceived. Broad­way Mini’s, Nick’s Build­, White Hawk Coun­try Club, Fran­cis­can Hos­pi­tal Crown Point, the Crook fam­ily and other vol­un­teers com­bined re­sources to do­nate the tools, Crane said, and they’ll be used for car ac­ci­dents and other forcible en­try sit­u­a­tions.

“We hope these things look just as new in five years, but if we need them, we have them,” Crane said.

In other busi­ness, the board ap­proved the pur­chase of a $30,131 2019 dou­ble-cab GMC pick-up truck to re­place the 2005 Chevy Sil­ver­ado that was in­volved in a re­cent ac­ci­dent. City Chief of Staff Greg Falkowski said the city was able to get $12,300 for the Sil­ver­ado, which had 100,000 miles on it;

Michelle L. Quinn is a free­lance reporter for the PostTri­bune.

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